If you’ve ever felt nervous prior to a dental appointment, please know that you are not alone. In fact, many people often avoid dental visits (even when they need them) because of a negative experience with a previous dentist. Westlake Hills Dental Arts recognizes these concerns, which is why we’ve implemented two strengths of sedation dentistry at our office for your convenience. Call today to learn how we can make your visits a breeze, even if you have dental anxiety.
Those with moderate to severe anxiety will find oral conscious sedation to be the best method for calming nerves prior to dental treatment. Taken orally, this sedative is strong enough to make your anxiety and nervousness melt away when it’s time to get comfortable in the dental chair. The effects will make you feel incredibly relaxed, which means you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the office.
With fast-acting nitrous oxide, which is a gaseous substance that’s gently inhaled throughout your dental procedure, you can both get very comfortable in preparation for your care as well as leave the office on your own with ease. To inhale the sedative, you’ll be given a small nasal mask to wear during your appointment. The effects of nitrous oxide will make you feel warm, calm, and at peace, ensuring your most essential treatments can be performed. Afterward, we’ll remove the mask and within minutes, you’ll feel back to normal and ready to continue on with your day without any lingering effects.