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Sedation Dentistry FAQ

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Do you feel a bit anxious every time you visit the dentist? Does the thought of undergoing a dental procedure make your palms sweat? You’re not alone at all—in fact, many people suffer from odontophobia, or dental anxiety. You shouldn’t let fear stop you from having the smile you deserve. That’s why you should consider sedation dentistry, which allows you to be in virtually any dental situation while being in a deeply relaxed state of mind (or even fast asleep!). Here are some commonly asked questions about dental sedation.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

There are a few types of sedation dentistry. At Amber Hills Dental, we offer our patients nitrous oxide and IV sedation. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, allows you to be relaxed yet awake during your procedure. IV sedation lulls you into a deep sleep so you won’t even remember a thing when you wake up!

Does Sedation Dentistry Hurt?

If you’ve opted for nitrous oxide, all you have to do is gently inhale a few breaths of the gas and you’ll be feeling at ease in no time. IV sedation is administered by a needle, but many patients only feel a slight pinch upon insertion.

How Long Does It Take for the Effects to Wear Off?

Nitrous oxide wears off after just a few minutes, so you will be all clear to resume your day. IV sedation takes a few hours to wear off, so be sure to arrange a ride home and get some rest after your procedure is over.

Which Type of Sedation Is Best for Me?

If you’re okay with being awake and just need something to help ease your fears and numb some of the pain you may experience during your procedure, then nitrous oxide is a good choice. If you are especially fearful of the sights and sounds of the dentist’s office or think you’ll need some additional pain management help during your procedure, then IV sedation may be the right choice for you. Our expert team will help you determine which option is best for your needs!

Is It Expensive?

Because it is our priority to offer our patients affordable and quality dental care, we offer a variety of financing options here at Amber Hills Dental. Whether you have dental insurance, utilize our very own Dental Savers Plan, take advantage of one of our coupons, or would like to cover your treatment with a payment plan through CareCredit, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Enjoy a Stress-Free Visit at Amber Hills Dental

Next time you feel nervous about going to the dentist, remember that sedation dentistry can turn a stressful experience into an easy one in an instant! At Amber Hills Dental, we will do everything we can to make sure that your visit is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Contact our friendly team today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.