At Endodontic Associates Saratoga, we understand that some patients may feel nervous about receiving an endodontic procedure. To help them relax and ensure they have comfortable visits, we offer a range of dental sedation options including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral conscious sedation, as well as IV sedation.
If you are only slightly nervous about visiting the dentist, then nitrous oxide may be exactly what you need to “take the edge off.” Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has been used to successfully soothe anxious dental patients for over 100 years. All a patient has to do is inhale the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within in minutes, they will feel a deep sense of physical relaxation. The mask will stay on for the entire appointment, and once it is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allow a patient to quickly go back to their day.
If you have a mild or moderate fear of the dentist, then oral conscious sedation may be right for you. One of our doctors will prescribe you a sedative to take in pill form about an hour before your appointment so that by the time you sit in the treatment chair, you’ll be completely physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll still be awake the entire time, but your visit will seem to fly by, and you will likely have little to no memory of it afterward.
This type of sedation is best for those patients who have an extreme fear of the dentist or need to have extensive dental work completed in a single, well-planned visit. For this method, a powerful sedative is administered via a small injection in the hand or arm, and this will be performed by a medical anesthesiologist to ensure both your comfort and safety. IV sedation is extremely fast acting, and it also allows your dentist to adjust your sedation level in real time so they can make sure you remain completely comfortable during your entire procedure.