It is very common to be nervous or anxious about dental procedures. We have options to keep you comfortable during all of your treatment. A thorough dental exam will be conducted as well as a review of your medical history to determine the most appropriate sedation option for you. Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are the two most common techniques that we use in our Emporia dental office.
Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas is breathed through the nose along with supplemental oxygen. You can expect to feel relaxed and calm and comfortable. Nitrous Oxide takes effect within a minute or two and wears off just as quickly with little to no side effects. You will not need a driver or need to alter your plans for the remainder of the day.
Oral conscious sedation is a deeper level of sedation than Nitrous Oxide. You will take a medication or combination of medications by mouth to help you relax. You will not be put to sleep, but you will be less aware of your surroundings and may not remember the procedure once it is completed. You must have someone drive you to and from the appointment, and you will want to spend the rest of the day relaxing at home while the effects wear off.
Dr. Harman and Dr. Hawley will be happy to review what sedation options will work best for you and your specific needs. Call 434-634-4164 or schedule here to discuss your needs.