As sedation dentists, Dr. Theodorou and Dr. Heffernan know that many people are uncomfortable or afraid when confronted with the prospect of visiting the dentist. Whether your anxiety is due to a previous bad experience, fear of needles, a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty becoming numb by traditional methods, our dentists always treat it as a legitimate concern and will address your situation with care and understanding.
Our sedation dentistry options make it possible for you to experience a completely soothing dental visit, even if you need extensive dental work completed, in just a few visits. Imagine undergoing your planned treatment while relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair and then having little to no memory of your appointment by the following day! It’s possible with sedation dentistry!
The most commonly used sedative method, nitrous oxide (also called “laughing gas”) is inhaled through a mask. Minutes after you begin breathing in the gas you will feel more relaxed. The effects of nitrous oxide will fade quickly after your treatment, and you will be able to drive yourself home from the appointment without impairment.
Dr. Theodorou and Dr. Heffernan are certified to provide safe and effective sedative pills that you will take about an hour before your visit. By the time you arrive for your scheduled appointment, you may begin to feel some of the early effects of the sedation. Based on your comfort level, the dentist will administer more medication to make you relaxed and comfortable. While patients may not remember much from their time at the office, they are not unconscious during treatment, just in a deeply relaxed and detached state. Based on an evaluation of your individual needs, your dentist may administer a combination of nitrous oxide and oral medication. Because the sedation effects will last for a few hours after your treatment, a trusted friend or family member will need to accompany you home.
Don’t let fear prevent you from enjoying good oral health. If you have any questions about how sedation can help you regain a healthy smile, just ask! We’re happy to give you more information about our sedation dentistry services or arrange for a personal consultation with our friendly staff and one of our exceptional sedation dentists.