Countless patients are plagued by dental fear or dental anxiety. For many, this keeps them from getting the general dental care their smile needs to stay healthy and look attractive. At Atlantic Dental Partners, we have taken extra measures to ensure that dental anxiety is not an obstacle to our state-of-the-art dental services. While we offer a number of relaxing amenities throughout our office, including warm blankets, scented towels, Netflix and wireless headphones, we realize that some patients need additional help to relieve their anxiety. Therefore, our dentists are qualified to offer valued and safe options in sedation dentistry, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. We are confident that we can provide the painless and rewarding experience you deserve, regardless of your level of anxiety or fear about going to the dentist.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a common form of sedation dentistry, and one that requires no needles. You will be prescribed a specific sedative pill to take about 30 minutes prior to your appointment. During the procedure, you can expect to be fully relaxed but awake and aware of your surroundings. Most patients are completely undisturbed by the dental work being performed and may not even remember the procedure after it is done. Rest assured that we will closely monitor your pulse, oxygen saturation rate and blood pressure during the entire procedure. Due to the effects of the medication, it is necessary that you bring someone with you to drive you home after your appointment.
For those with mild to moderate dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas". Nitrous oxide is highly safe for both adults and children, and it has no lingering side effects that restrict your post-appointment activities. Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling and colorless gas that is inhaled through a small nosepiece or mask. Again, patients can remain awake and able to communicate with the dentist, yet they are in a very relaxed state and calm during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is a preferred method of sedation due to the fact that its effects are effective but dissipate within minutes after removing the breathing apparatus.
Don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from caring for your smile. Your oral health is a critical component of your overall health and well-being. At Atlantic Dental Partners, sedation dentistry is available during routine dental appointments, restorative treatments and cosmetic procedures. We always use a compassionate, patient-centered approach to dental care, so please don’t hesitate to tell us about your dental anxiety so that we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at either of our locations.