Are you nervous about a trip to the dentist? You are not alone. Dental anxiety is common. It is usually triggered by past uncomfortable experiences, and it can prevent you from getting the necessary dental care you need to stay healthy.
If you are feeling stressed about your next dental visit, please let us know. We are here to help.
Our dentists at Norfolk County Dental Care offer sedation dentistry to make dental treatment a more relaxing experience. Being sedated also offers patients to maximize the work done in fewer visits.
Mild Sedation Using Nitrous Oxide
Our mildest form of sedation, nitrous oxide, is a gas delivered through a small nose mask and is safe for most patients – even children! It is commonly referred to as happy gas or laughing gas. It enters and leaves the system quickly and does not require you to arrange a driver for your appointment.
Typically, nitrous oxide takes the edge off of mild to moderate dental anxiety and helps patients relax during treatment with few side effects.
Moderate Oral Sedation Dentistry
Sometimes, patients prefer a deeper level of relaxation, especially during longer appointments or for more complex treatment. Using prescription medication, oral sedation allows patients to remain conscious during treatment while relaxing completely. Many of our patients even doze off in the chair.
Oral sedation is generally available for most patients. To ensure your safety and rule out any interactions with your current medications, we will perform a thorough medical history. Your safety is our number one priority.
Once we determine the correct medication and dosage for you, we will arrange your treatment and provide detailed instructions for your appointment.
For patients with a strong gag reflex or who have difficulty getting numb, sedation dentistry provides a welcome solution.
What to Expect during Oral Sedation
One of our caring team members will be by your side throughout your appointment. We will monitor your vital signs, including blood pressure and heart rate, and make sure you are completely comfortable.
Since oral sedation has an amnesic effect, you might not remember the details of your procedure – a dream come true for many of our patients! You will still be able to answer questions and interact with our team as needed.
The effects of oral sedation last longer than nitrous oxide. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you the rest of the day as you rest. You should avoid driving and making any critical decisions until the effects of sedation wear off completely.
Do You Have Dental Anxiety?
Our gentle and compassionate dental team is here to help. Our Norfolk dentists, Dr. Xi Sun, Dr. David Iadarola, and Dr. Nicole Ford, will ensure you get the same kind of high-quality dental care we expect for our own friends and families. Contact our Norfolk dental office to schedule your next dental appointment.