Yes! If going to the dentist is not your favorite part of the week we have several options to make the experience more pleasant. We offer Nitrous (laughing gas), oral sedation, and conscious sedation (IV sedation). A brief description below of each.
Nitrous: This is a gas given with pure oxygen that helps the body relax. Perception of time and pain is distorted making the visit seem shorter and much more comfortable. This is a great option for anyone as you are completely ‘normal’ within just 3-5 minutes of stopping the gas. It also takes effect quickly and is adjustable (up or down) if the desired effect is too little. No escort or ride home is needed.
Oral Sedation: With oral sedation the patient will take Halcion or another benzodiazepine about 30 minutes before their appointment. This offers a deeper level of sedation and also includes amnesic-effects (the person generally does not remember the appointment). Time has little meaning to the patient so longer visits can be done comfortably.
For patients that are still uncomfortable nitrous (laughing gas) can be added to the Halcion. This provides an even deeper level of sedation. After the appointment, the patient will need a ride home, and should not be left unattended.
IV Sedation/Conscious Sedation: This is the deepest level of sedation we offer. In IV is placed and medications are provided to keep the patient comfortable. Patients generally do not remember their visit at all. The effects of IV sedation are much more rapid to set in than with oral sedation. After the appointment, the patient will need a ride home, and should not be left unattended.