It’s no secret that many people dislike going to the dentist, but for some people, dislike turns into fear and even panic.

But no matter how you feel about going to the dentist, making regular appointments is critical for protecting your oral health. If you have dental phobia or anxiety, our minimal sedation dentistry may be right for you.

Unsure of what it’s all about? The answers to these common questions can help.

  1. How is minimal sedation achieved?

Minimal sedation doesn’t involve IVs or injections. Instead, you can choose to either take an oral medication before your appointment, or you can breathe nitrous oxide through a small tube placed directly underneath your nostrils at our office to achieve a state of complete and total relaxation.

  1. Are you unconscious while under minimal sedation dentistry?

No. Minimal sedation with oral medication or nitrous oxide involves making you extremely relaxed, comfortable, and less sensitive to pain, all while remaining conscious. It’s common to feel drowsy, and some patients fall asleep.

  1. Can you feel anything while under minimal sedation?

You may feel a small amount of pressure while under minimal sedation. Discomfort and pain are significantly reduced, and procedures where you’ve also been administered a local anesthetic are completely painless.

  1. Are there side effects from minimal sedation?

General anesthesia can carry many side effects, including prolonged grogginess, impaired balance, and nausea. Minimal sedation with oral medication or nitrous oxide, on the other hand, has only mild effects, and many patients report no side effects.

  1. How long does it take to recover from minimal sedation?

Recovery after minimal sedation from oral medication or nitrous oxide is very fast. Although we recommend having someone drive you home after your cleaning or procedure, you will be able to resume normal activities on the same day once all of the sedative wears off.

  1. Who is a good candidate for minimal sedation?

Anyone who has extreme fear or anxiety about going to the dentist is a good candidate for minimal sedation via oral medication or nitrous oxide. It’s an ideal solution for people who otherwise wouldn’t book preventive care or necessary procedures.

Book a Stress-Free and Fear-Free Appointment Today

Dental work doesn’t have to be scary or painful. Request a dental appointment today and ask about our minimal sedation with oral medication or nitrous oxide. It’s our goal to make you as comfortable as possible while we protect your oral health.