At Miller & Wolf Dentistry, we get it – you’re probably not looking forward to your next dental appointment. In fact, an alarming number of children and adults alike suffer from anxiety or even an outright phobia associated with dentistry, which makes it hard for them to receive the care their smiles need year after year. Patient relaxation is a big priority for our team, and we want you to feel genuinely at ease whenever you visit our Hurt location. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry as a valuable comfort aid for patients in need of something to soothe their nerves. Please contact us today if you think sedation dentistry might be the right choice for you!
Oral conscious sedation is a good choice for patients who suffer from moderate to severe anxiety. It will come in the form of medication that you’ll be directed to take at a certain point before your scheduled appointment. Once the effects take hold, patients can expect to enter a deep state of relaxation while still remaining conscious enough to hear requests from our doctors and team members. After you’ve recovered, it’s likely that you won’t even remember much about the appointment in the first place.
When choosing to undergo oral conscious sedation, patients should keep in mind that they will need an escort to both bring them to the practice and home again for their own safety.
If your dental-related fear is relatively mild, nitrous oxide may be all you need to have a smooth experience. This substance is more well-known by another name – laughing gas! We administer it through a mask that fits over your nose as you lay in the treatment chair, and you should feel more comfortable and content right away.
The best benefit of nitrous oxide is that, unlike oral conscious sedation, patients are able to recover from it within minutes. This means they can return to work and even drive themselves after very little downtime.