At Epic Family Dentistry, we treat nervous patients of all ages every day. We strive to create a welcoming and calming environment that can help absolutely anyone relax, but for those who need a little extra help, sedation dentistry is always an option. With the techniques detailed below, we can make unwanted thoughts go away and protect a patient from feeling physical discomfort at the same time. If you’d be interested in using sedation at your next dental appointment, give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to go over your options so we can ensure your comfort.
If you experience mild to moderate dental phobia or require an involved procedure, oral conscious sedation will likely be recommended. This will come in the form of a pill that Dr. Azmoodeh will prescribe you to take at a specific time the day of your appointment. That way, by the time you actually make it to our office, you’ll already be mentally and physically relaxed.
With this form of sedation, you’ll remain awake the entire time, but the appointment will seem to go by very fast, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward.
Nitrous oxide has been used by dentists to help anxious patients for over 100 years, and you probably know it by another name-laughing gas! A patient simply has to breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within a few minutes, a warm blanket of relaxation should come over them. The mask will stay on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, the gas’ effects wear off very quickly. This means a patient can go straight back to their day after using nitrous oxide. It’s so gentle that we can even use it with young children!