Approximately 20% of my patients are moderate to extremely anxious. It’s okay to feel nervous when anticipating a dental appointment, and whether it’s fear stemming from a bad experience or just general anxiety to surgical procedures, rest assure that there are options available to help you feel more at ease.
For most patients, oral sedation is a great option when undergoing longer surgical procedures. The best way to describe it is a feeling of being “drunk”, yet aware but unafraid of what’s happening around you. We accomplish this sedated state using a cocktail of pills taken a few hours before the procedure. When you arrive, you’ll feel relaxed and ready to go. We advise that patients be accompanied by a trusted family member or friend who can drive you to and from the procedure. Recovery is simply a good nights sleep, and patients usually wake up with a vague memory of the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide is also a great option. This common sedative is otherwise known as “laughing gas”, and the sensation can be a somewhat fun altered state. Nitrous Oxide works quickly and patients recover quickly after being removed from the system. We still recommend that patients NOT drive after the procedure and are accompanied by a trusted family member or friend.
Oral sedation & Nitrous Oxide prices range from $125 - $500.
Anxiety prevents up to 50% of the population from getting needed dental care. Simple oral medications taken shortly before an appointment can take the edge off, removing the barrier to a healthier you.
Sometimes anxiety about dental treatment keeps treatment from being completed, leading to further problems. If nearly falling asleep during treatment and waking up at the end would make it possible, then IV sedation might work for you.