If you struggle to bring yourself to complete regular dental appointments, you’re not alone; dental phobia and anxiety keep many patients away from the dentist’s office. At Havasu Dentistry, we’ll go the extra mile to make each dental visit a comfortable experience; in addition to the natural methods, we also have different sedation options based on your needs. Call us to learn how we can ensure your appointment is a pleasant one with sedation dentistry in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Oral conscious sedation is generally recommended for patients with moderate to severe anxiety levels as well as those undergoing particularly lengthy treatments. You’ll take the sedative (which is in the form of a pill) about one hour before the actual treatment. As it takes effect, you’ll start to feel extremely relaxed to the point where you no longer care about what’s going on around you. You may not even remember the treatment itself once the sedation wears off. We’ll always recommend having a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment since the effects won’t wear off right away.
If you’re only mildly anxious about your dental care, nitrous oxide is likely your best option for sedation. By mixing nitrous oxide with oxygen and delivering it through a nasal mask, we can help you remain calm throughout your appointment. The effects kick in quickly once you start breathing in the gaseous mixture, but they also wear off just as quickly once the mask has been removed. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about having someone else drive you home or making time to recover; you can simply continue your day as normal.