Arguably the greatest advantage of sedation dentistry is how it allows your dentist to help you relax in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is one of the more widely used forms of sedation in dental offices. This gas, mixed with oxygen, is used as a relaxant for dental work, and wears off quickly once the mask is removed.
Because of the safety and non-invasive nature of laughing gas, this option is safe for children who have a hard time sitting still during visits as well as those facing more lengthy procedures.
Like inhaled nitrous sedation, oral sedatives are a form of sedation that leaves you awake during your trip to the dentist. This type of sedation is ideal if you are attempting to treat anxiety over visiting the dentist, and generally comes in the form of diazepam, or valium. This method is ideal for non-surgical appointments where an adult patient is not comfortable in the dental chair.
Before using oral sedation, it is important to consult your doctor about your medical history. Additionally, it is imperative that patients using oral conscious sedation have a friend or family member drive them to and from their appointment.
If you suffer from anxiety over visiting the dentist and are looking for high quality family and cosmetic dentistry, then call or schedule an appointment with Northpoint Dental Care today. Dr. Harris and his team are committed to helping every patient achieve lasting smiles through comprehensive care in an environment where patients feel safe and comfortable. For your comfort during care, our Fishers practice offers oral and nitrous sedation to patients in Fishers, Lawrence, Carmel, and the surrounding areas.
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