Due to the nature of the complicated cases we often treat in our practice, we see a lot of patients who are extremely worried that their care will be uncomfortable or even painful. Dr. Rojas’ kindness and experience along with our technology are usually enough to put these concerns to rest, and to help patients get rid of any lingering nerves, we’re happy to offer a full range of sedation options. With them, we can calm racing thoughts, prevent physical pain, and overall, make the dental experience less stressful so our patients can simply enjoy their results without worrying about the process.
Nitrous oxide is ideal for those patients who need just a little help getting through their routine care. This method involves placing a small mask over the nose so the patient can breathe in a combination of the gas and oxygen. Right away, a patient should feel a soothing calm feeling come over them, and this will be sustained throughout the entire appointment. Once the mask is removed, the gas’ effects go away quickly, meaning a patient can get straight back to their day.
If you could take a pill that would make your dental anxiety go away, would you do it? Thankfully, that’s basically how oral conscious sedation works! You’ll be prescribed a pill to take at home, and by the time you reach our office, you will already be sedated and relaxed. You’ll still be conscious, but the appointment will seem to fly by, and you’ll likely only have fuzzy memories of it afterward.
IV sedation is the most potent option we offer, so we typically recommend it for patients with extreme dental anxiety or those who need extensive procedures. To ensure its effectiveness and safety, we bring in a licensed anesthesiologist to administer it. It is extremely fast-acting, putting patients into a deep state of relaxation within seconds, and it can be adjusted in real-time to ensure someone is completely comfortable from moment to moment.