At Southern Shore Dental, we know that many patients are apprehensive about visiting the dentist. If dental anxiety is preventing you from visiting the dentist, we offer nitrous oxide as well as oral sedation to help you feel more comfortable.
Does visiting the dentist make you nervous?
Even people who visit the dentist regularly, still feel anxious about their dental visit. Fear is one of the biggest reasons people avoid the dentist. If you experience anxiety, your dentist may recommend sedation services.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as well as oral sedation can help you relax during your dental procedure.
Nitrous Oxide is an inhaled gas that is available to anxious patients. It is most commonly referred to as laughing gas. This type of sedation is administered to relax the patient before dental work starts. Since it does not relieve pain an anesthetic is also administered.
Oral sedation is a safe and effective way to help you feel a little more comfortable before your dental procedure or oral surgery. An oral sedative typically takes about 15-20 minutes to take effect and can help make your anxiety a little more manageable. This type of sedation can also be combined with nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas, to provide another option for managing your fear of the dentist.
If your dentist agrees that sedation is right for you, we do ask that someone drives you home after taking oral sedation.