Many people fear going to the dentist. Some are not exactly thrilled to step into the dental office, but they somehow manage to show up for their regular appointments. And then there are others who are so terrified that they end up seeing the dentist only when absolutely necessary. Your dentists in Waterford understand dental fear. That’s why they strive to provide a relaxed, comfortable and pain-free visit with the help of sedation dentistry. We offer various sedation dentistry in Michigan and we have very friendly nurse practitioners who come to care for you during your procedure.
Sedation dentistry is the most common method used in the United States to calm a patient’s fears. Sedatives can be delivered through inhalation (nitrous oxide), by mouth (oral sedation), or through a vein (IV sedation).
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide (also called “laughing” gas) is an odorless, colorless gas that is routinely used in dental offices. The gas is inhaled through a tiny masked placed over the nose. A mixture of about 70% oxygen and 30% nitrous oxide, the gas produces a calming effect that washes over you. Patients report a feeling of calm and a sense of time passing by faster. With nitrous oxide sedation, you are fully conscious throughout. If you fall asleep, your dentist can easily awaken you.
Oral conscious sedation is a needle-free way to feel comfortable during the procedure. You simply take a pill about an hour before your appointment so you arrive at the dental office relaxed and ready for your procedure. Oral sedatives produce minimal to moderate sedation. You may fall asleep or feel drowsy, but you can be easily awakened. You will need to ask someone to drive you to and from your appointment, however!