As much as we wish it wasn’t the case, we realize that some people feel terribly anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist. If this describes you—or if you simply have a lot of dental work you need done at one time—you may want to learn more about sedation dentistry. Depending on your specific concerns and needs, Dr. Radel may recommend an oral sedative, or Nitrous Oxide sedation, both of which are safe and effective.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients with higher levels of anxiety, oral sedation is recommended. After an initial evaluation appointment, Dr. Radel will prescribe an oral sedative which you will get from your pharmacy. The sedative is taken approximately an hour prior to your appointment, and you will feelrelaxed by the time you sit down in the treatment room. Due to the depth of sedation, a driver or escort is required to take you to and from the appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, or "Laughing Gas" is a mild sedative that can be used for patients that have a lower level of anxiety. It is admistered in the office and has no after effects. Patients can return to thier daily activities following the procedure and can drive themselves home after treatment.