We know that dental visits can be less comfortable or even scary for many people. At Atlantis Dental Care, our goal is to help you feel calm and comfortable every time you visit. The easier we make it for you to receive dental care, the more likely you will be to make and keep regular appointments.
Our first and foremost approach to any sedation case is to make sure your questions are answered completely, and you are happy with your treatment choice provided in a relaxed and caring environment. That is enough for many patients, but some individuals may want more relaxation.
Sedation dentistry involves using different types of sedatives to help you relax. You never have to worry that a procedure will hurt because we always make sure the area to be treated is completely numb before we begin. But it can also be comforting to know that we have options for helping you remain relaxed throughout your procedure.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Many people know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” While it does help you become relaxed and a little dreamy, it won’t actually make you laugh uncontrollably because we carefully monitor how much you are receiving.
You simply sit back and breathe normally while a small tube near your nose delivers oxygen and just the right amount of gas to calm you and make the time go by quickly. Most of our patients say the appointment seemed to go by twice as fast. You’ll be aware of what’s happening around you. When we know you’re calm and comfortable, we can work most efficiently, meaning you need to spend less time in the dental chair!
One of the great things about nitrous oxide sedation is that the effects wear off quickly after treatment. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment and go on with your day as usual.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Another very effective way to help you relax is oral conscious sedation. This simply means that Dr. Cantwell will prescribe a sedative for you to take about an hour before you arrive at our office for your appointment. The sedative will start working, and by the time you get to our office you will be nice and calm.
The sedative works to help you relax, but it will not make you unconscious. While most patients will sleep comfortably through the appointment, they can wake at any time desired. As with nitrous oxide, you will be alert enough to respond to the doctor and the dental team, and you breath normally without assistance during the entire appointment. Please note that if you choose oral sedation, you will need a driver to get you to and from your appointment.
Your comfort is important to us, and so is your complete safety. You can be confident that you are in good hands as Dr. Cantwell is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and understands how to best make your experience comfortable. He is also licensed to use both nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry
It’s important to receive regular dental care to prevent more serious problems from developing later. But if you’ve ever put off an important dental appointment because of fear, you know how real that feeling of anxiety is. At Atlantis Dental Care, we completely respect and understand your feelings, and we’re here to help.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and the difference it can make to your oral health, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and arrange your next appointment.