Despite the fact that local anesthetics block the pain associated with any dental procedure, some patients would rather suffer the agony of a toothache than sit in the dentist’s chair. Fortunately, the dentist can help fearful patients overcome their anxiety by treating them with one of a wide range of sedation options. The most minimal of these is nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), which is inhaled through a mask over the nose and leaves the patient relaxed and awake. Oral sedation, which can range from minimal to moderate (depending on the dosage), involves simply taking a pill (Halcion) about an hour before the procedure. The patient remains awake but drowsy. Drugs can also be administered intravenously for more immediate effect.
Are you delaying dental treatment? Anxiety-free sedation therapy may be your answer. At the office of PAUL E. NELSON, D.D.S., we appreciate the opportunity to provide patients with quality, comfortable dental care. Our staff is made up of well-trained professionals who work together as a team to provide excellence in dentistry in a warm, caring setting. We’re located at 100 N. State College Blvd., Suite 1. Please call 714.992.0092 to schedule an appointment.
P.S. Nitrous oxide has been in use in dentistry as an anesthesia since late 1844.