Dealing with Anxious Patients
With advances in sedation dentistry, dentists can now treat anxious patients; accomplishing more dental work in one or two visits. Previously, dental work with anxious patients would have taken many more visits without sedation. At our dentistry, we use nitrous oxide and intravenous (I.V.) sedation, as these are the two most common and widely accepted conscious sedation techniques to help patients relax.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Sedation with laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, will reduce your level of anxiety and increase your level of relaxation while you remain conscious. Before the procedure, nitrous oxide and oxygen are mixed together and passed through a mask that covers the nose and mouth. This mixture produces a sensation of relaxation, lightheadedness, and a comfort. Nitrous oxide is safe, effective and non-invasive. This makes it the sedation method of choice for patients who may feel a little nervous about seeing their dentist.