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Before a dental procedure, whether you’re having a tooth extraction or are receiving Invisalign clear braces, experiencing a little anxiety about potential discomfort and pain isn’t uncommon, no matter who you are.

While Novocain or another localized treatment can help deliver pain relief, knowing exactly what’s going on as your dentist is performing your procedure can be nerve-wracking. If you’re one of those individuals who experience this type of anxiety, you might benefit from sedation dentistry. At Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry, we can help you experience a more relaxed state of mind while we perform your procedure by offering non-intravenous conscious sedation.

How Non-Intravenous Conscious Sedation Works

In dentistry, there’s an essential difference between sleep therapy and sedation procedures. Sleep therapy procedures are often performed while you’re under general anesthesia which is administered by:

  • Gas
  • IV
  • Pill
  • Some combination

General anesthesia will render you unconscious while you’re undergoing your procedure.

However, with non-intravenous conscious sedation, the dentist can actually relax and soothe you by giving you a pill or administering nitrous oxide gas and you’re still awake during the procedure.

Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry might be a good fit for you if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Had a bad past dental experience
  • Struggle with dental-related phobias
  • Your mouth and teeth become sore quickly
  • Have extremely sensitive nerves
  • Have an anxiety-related condition or disorder

While there is the option of prescription medicine like diazepam, sedation therapy often involves the use of nitrous oxide gas. A skilled and experienced dentist typically will favor the nitrous oxide gas over pills since they can monitor and adjust your level of comfort seamlessly throughout your procedure. They can also bring you out effectively through the non-intravenous conscious sedation method. Intravenous drugs and pills linger in your body and might require you to stay at the dentist’s office longer to recover. This is why dentists often use nitrous oxide as their standard sedation treatment method.

About Nitrous Oxide

Often referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide relaxes inhibitions, delivering an anxiety-free dental experience. Often, it involves the use of a soft-plastic, light gas mask connected to an oxygen and nitrous oxide tank that combines the required levels to provide you with a soothing, more relaxed experience. Our skilled dental team will monitor the entire process every step of the way to maintain your relaxed state.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation Therapy

Some benefits of this type of sedation therapy are it:

  • Offers a free-of-fear experience
  • Decreases anxiety while the dentist works on your teeth
  • Creates a great sense of euphoria
  • Eliminates pain as your dentist is addressing your tooth problem
  • Wears off fast, allowing you to drive home after your procedure

While sedation therapy won’t necessarily put you to sleep, you might fall asleep due to your pure relaxed state.

Call Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry for Relaxing Sedation Therapy

If you require a dental procedure like a teeth cleaning or have a problem with your teeth in any way and have dental anxiety, rest assured Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry offers nitrous oxide sedation so you can feel relaxed throughout your entire dental process. The health of your teeth is the foundation of a great smile. Don’t let fear and anxiety get in the way of having the mouth and teeth you deserve. Contact Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry today.