Providing safe and effective sedation is one of the most important components of dentistry. We always want to make sure that our patients are kept as comfortable and relaxed as possible while they receive necessary treatment. Sedation can be highly effective in helping patients manage discomfort and ease any feelings of nervousness or apprehension in association with receiving dental treatment. That is why we encourage any patient who is interested in receiving sedation to please ask us without any hesitation.
Salem Creek Family Dental offers local anesthesia and laughing gas as forms of sedation.
Local anesthesia is applied directly to the site of dental work, usually in the form of an injection, prior to initiating treatment. This substance is designed to numb the immediate area so that the patient will temporarily lose feeling in that spot. Local anesthesia will have no effect on the patient’s mental state, and the numbing effect will wear off shortly after the treatment has been completed. Although a local anesthetic will not directly reduce a patient’s anxiety, it can provide some patients with much-needed reassurance that they will be much less likely to experience discomfort during treatment.
Laughing gas is an inhaled substance that is provided during treatment. The patient will breathe in the substance by wearing a special mask. The medicine will go into effect very quickly, and the patient will feel much more comfortable with receiving dental treatment. Feelings of nervousness or anxiety will be replaced with a warm sensation of comfort and well-being. Once the treatment is complete, the medicine will quickly wear off, and the patient will return to normal. A great part about laughing gas is that it is a safe and effective sedation option for patients of all ages.
Make your next dental treatment as comfortable as possible. We will work to make your visit as easy and as relaxing as possible. Please call us at (615) 205-5666 to schedule an appointment.