Do you suffer from Dental Anxiety?
Dr. Austin understands that going to the dentist can be stressful and anxiety inducing. To alleviate your nervousness, we are pleased to offer several different methods of sedation to our patients.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, Nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to our friendly staff about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Conscious Oral Sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows patients to remain awake but relaxed. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety.
Under the medication, patients may feel very drowsy or even fall asleep, but will not become unconscious. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort. Patients should plan to have someone bring you to the appointment and be available to drive them home following treatment.
IV sedation is an alternative sedation that allows patients to be relaxed during procedures. Your doctor will combine the use of IV sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort and will have no memory of the procedure.