At Green Mountain Dental, we fully understand that going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite activity. In fact, for some, it’s a very nerve-wracking and fear-inducing experience. Often, dental anxiety prevents people from getting the care they need, allowing small problems to turn into big ones that require even more extensive care.
Here, we do our best to ensure that every patient enjoys relaxed and soothing appointments. For patients who need a little more help feeling safe and comfortable in the dental chair, we’re happy to provide sedation dentistry. With the methods outlined below, we can help calm a patient’s mind while also fully protecting them from discomfort. If you would be interested in using sedation at your next appointment, contact us today.
Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” has been used to help slightly nervous dental patients for generations. All a patient has to do is inhale the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask to achieve a feeling of lightness, happiness, and even euphoria in the dental chair. Even better, once the appointment is over and the mask is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to go straight back to their day.
If you experience more mild to moderate dental anxiety, have a sensitive gag reflex, or you don’t respond well to regular anesthetics, oral sedation may be exactly what you need. For this, Dr. Brown or Dr. Aten will prescribe you a pill to take about an hour before your appointment, so that by the time you reach our office and sit in the dental chair, you’ll be completely physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll remain conscious the entire time, but the appointment will fly by very quickly, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward (which some of our patients prefer!). This is also an excellent option if you require extensive dental work and want multiple procedures completed in fewer appointments to save time.
Due to the strength of oral sedation, we require that a friend or family member drive you to and from the office the day of your appointment as well as keep an eye on you for a few hours afterward.