At Danville Family Dentistry we understand that for some people even the thought of a visit to the dentist office can be unsettling. Dr. Erickson and our team work very hard to create a relaxing environment for our patients. One way of taking care of our patients is providing oral sedation as an optional piece of the ongoing treatment plan.

For many patients who feel nervous or anxious about an oral procedure oral sedation is a great choice. It makes your experience more comfortable. When speaking with patients about upcoming procedures Dr. Erickson will discuss the oral sedation options available. Below is a brief introduction to some of the options we have available in our office.

Oral sedation practices

One of the most common oral sedation practices we use is nitrous oxide otherwise known as “laughing gas.” This treatment option is very easy and convenient to use. As you breathe in nitrous oxide through a mask you begin to feel relaxed and find your anxiety reduced. Often times this method is very successful in helping our patients relax during a treatment. The wonderful benefit of nitrous oxide is that it wears off before you leave the dentist office. Patients like driving themselves home after the appointment and then continue on with the days activities.

Some people prefer more aggressive assistance with a procedure. We offer another treatment that mixes nitrous oxide with the use of anxiety medication from the “benzodiazepine” family. These medications require an escort to the office. Generally this prescription is written for 3 pills. The first pill needs to be taken the night before the procedure so you get a good night’s rest. The second pill is taken one hour prior to the procedure. The third pill can be taken during the appointment if needed. If you do not use it, return it to Dr. Erickson for proper disposal.

Following your appointment

Your escort waits for you while you have your procedure. They are responsible for getting you home safely. It is important that any forms and financial payments be made prior to the appointment. You cannot set up any financial arrangements while on the medication.

These methods and others can be instrumental in you having a comfortable and stress free dental experience. That is what is most important to our team. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions about oral sedation. We are here to serve you.

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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.