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Helping Anxious Patients Relax

For a Fear-Free Dental Visit

Oral Sedation is ideal for those who:

  • Have excessive fears about dental appointments
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Hate needles and shots
  • Hate the noises and smells associated with the dental office
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have highly sensitive teeth
  • Have complex dental problems that will otherwise take several appointments to complete
  • Wish to have a comprehensive smile redesign

Do you suffer from dental anxiety or have a fear of the dentist? Do you have a hard time getting numb? Do you need multiple dental treatments that may require several appointments to complete?

You may want to learn more about oral sedation.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

Oral sedation is not only very safe; it’s very effective, helping even the most nervous, fearful patient completely relax during dental treatment. It’s so relaxing you can even have extensive dental work completed in one visit.

Prior to your scheduled appointment, Dr. Whalen will prescribe the necessary medication for you to take before you are due to arrive at the office and then while at the office. This medication will relax you and ease any worries you may have. Because of the effects of the pill, someone will have to drive you to and from your visit. You cannot drive yourself.

Once at our office, you will be taken to the treatment room and monitored the entire time you are here. You will feel relaxed, treatment will begin, and you may even sleep through your appointment.  However, you are conscious and able to respond to the doctor’s questions and directions (if not actually sleeping). We measure your blood pressure, pulse rate, and oxygen saturation during the entire procedure.

You’ll awaken with your dental treatment complete, refreshed and relieved while having very little memory of your experience.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

If you simply want to “take the edge off” during treatment, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is for you. Nitrous oxide is delivered in the office via a small mask over your nose. This treatment option completely relaxes you and lets you drift off. As soon as the gas is turned off, the effects fade away and you’re back to your normal self within minutes.