Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety With Oral Sedation And Nitrous Oxide

By: Gen Wright


If you are afraid to go to the dentist, sit back and relax! Sedation dentistry is used to provide patients with a relaxing and anxiety-free dental experience. It allows individuals who are too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while dodging dental phobia. This fear often prevents patients from receiving necessary routine dental care, which compromises the health and functionality of your mouth and smile. You can have the beautiful smile and good health that you have always wanted with sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a process used to establish a relaxed easy and calm state-of-mind through the use of sedatives. The sedative methods that are used for sedation dentistry vary in strength and purpose. Your dentist will select the appropriate method based on the treatments performed, how long these procedures will take and your level of anxiety. With sedation dentistry, a level of consciousness in the patient is maintained for safety and cooperation.

One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people will often feel as if their dental procedure only lasted minutes, when it might have actually taken several hours to perform. Complex dental procedures, such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments with new sedation dentistry techniques.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is the most commonly used modality of sedation dentistry. It is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before your dental appointment. Additionally, an anti-anxiety, or sleeping pill, may be prescribed for the night before an appointment, an hour before going to bed, to help with falling asleep and getting some rest.

Sedative medication is easy and requires no needles, helping patients relax. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember their visit - it is as if they slept through the entire treatment. In reality, however, oral sedation maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an odorless and colorless gas. In the early 1800s a British scientist found that inhaling nitrous produces highly pleasurable sensations. New York dentist Horace Wells learned in 1844 that nitrous could distract patients from acute pain such as the type that is associated with tooth extraction. Since then, dentistry has relied upon nitrous oxide, but the techniques, type of gas mixture and delivery methods have improved greatly. Nitrous oxide is used to calm anxious patients all around the world.

Using a tube and a small mask nitrous oxide is administered to patients. A flowmeter regulates the amount of nitrous oxide delivered to the patient. This simple and straightforward system is easy for the dentist and dental staff to operate and maintain. It is appropriate for patients ranging from the very young to the elderly and is proven to be safe in treatment.

Contact your Milpitas sedation dentist for more information on oral sedation and nitrous oxide. With proper diagnosis and care, your dentist will be able to create an appropriate treatment plan for your dental health care with minimal discomfort and pain through the use of sedation dentistry.

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Dr. Nick Khoury and Dr. Steven Kolnes, dentist in Milpitas, CA, have been in business since 1988. Montague Dental Excellence is located in a new facility with the latest technology. They offer Milpitas dental implants, Invisalign, sleep dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

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