For patients that have anxiety about visiting the dentist, we can use sedation dentistry to better your dental care experience. You’ll be closely monitored by a professional who will ensure your safety.

Sedation dentistry provides many advantages to anxiety-prone individuals. Dental sedation makes time seem to pass faster, which is especially useful if you need multiple procedures done in one sitting.  Please note – our office does NOT offer moderate or deep sedation – the type of sedation where you would be asleep for your procedure.  

The types of sedation that we offer are:

Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation provides mild-moderate sedation and works great for patients with moderate dental anxiety.  The most commonly used medication is Diazepam (Valium).  This is taken 1 tablet in the evening before your appointment and 1 – 2 tablets 90 minutes before your appointment.  Patients feel much more relaxed and “sleepy” and not as anxious about the procedure.  It also makes anesthesia easier to achieve and makes time seem to pass faster.  Note: you cannot drive yourself when taking this medication and will need a driver to and from your visit.  The doctor must complete an evaluation before this type of sedation can be used to be sure you are medically healthy enough to take this medication.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of nitrous oxide. Once this is complete, you will be fully alert and able to drive yourself home.

Your safety is our top priority. At your appointment, be sure to tell us:

  • Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications you are taking
  • Any herbal or nutritional supplements you are using
  • Any allergies you have, particularly medication reactions
  • Any health conditions you have
  • Any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment or sedation dentistry

Nitrous Oxide Sedation is generally not covered by insurance plans.   The cost per visit is usually $125

For more information about using sedation dentistry with your next treatment, contact Glen Park Family Dentistry.

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