We understand that many of our patients have had to cope with the issue of dental anxiety or fear. Over 35 million Americans admit to some level of anxiety when visiting the dentist. But for many, fear is only one part of the issue. Some of our patients are physically or mentally challenged and require special treatment. Others are patients suffering from severe phobias related to a previous traumatic dental experience. For some, time is the issue. Many of our busy executives prefer to have their dental care performed in one visit.
Whatever your reason, we address your anxiety with compassion and provide real solutions to help you get the care you need. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and oral medications.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and creates a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relives anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years. You are able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Prescription Anti-Anxiety Medications
Prescriptions of Triazolam, Valium or Activan may be prescribed by our office and are used for moderate to severe anxiety. These are generally taken by mouth one hour prior to your scheduled appointment, In all cases, when taking prescription anti-anxiety medications it will be necessary to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.