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What is Sedation Dentistry?

If the thought of going to the dentist makes you want to hide, don't worry. Dr. Scott Bridges can help treat dental anxiety through sedation dentistry. There are three different sedation methods that can help: Nitrous Oxide, oral sedation, and IV. 

All options are useful and can be combined to create the best experience for you.

Nitrous Oxide

Also knows as laughing gas, this is the most common form of sedation dentistry that treats mild to moderate dental fear. Nitrous oxide has no smell, color, or taste. Patients inhale nitrous for only a few minutes before feeling calm and relaxed. At this stage, patients are fully conscious and can respond to Dr. Scott Bridges. Once the procedure is over, the effects wear off quickly, and patients can drive themselves home.

Oral Sedation

Patients can take a prescription pill an hour before their dental procedure to ensure they are fully comfortable by the time the treatment starts. Oral sedation requires a driver after the appointment.

IV Sedation

Also known as general anesthesia, this is a perfect solution for surgical treatments. Patients typically have no memory of the appointment, and they can wake up to a gorgeous new smile. Patients can feel fully relaxed, and they will need to be driven home after the treatment. 

Let Us Know if You Are Feeling Anxious

If you are interested in the benefits of sedation dentistry, let our dental staff know so we can assist. 

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