Sedation Dentistry

Are you nervous about seeing the dentist?

You're not alone. Many people have some level of anxiety about dental treatment. At Robert H Wagner Family Dentistry, our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and as pleasant as possible.  We are confident that we can put you at ease and alleviate any fears you might have without medication.    

But for those people who experience a very high level of anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning depending upon the level of anxiety you are experiencing. 

In our office, we offer two types of light sedation:  Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation.  

What is Nitrous Oxide and How Does it Work?

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. You will be asked to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Another option is Oral Sedation.  

What Is Oral Sedation and How Does it Work?

Oral sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. In our office, we offer a small pill that makes the patient drowsy but they remain awake and relaxed.  The patient remains aware of what is going on around them and can still carry on a conversation but may not recall portions of their treatment.   

Who might be a candidate for Sedation?

Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety issue that is preventing them from seeking the dental treatment they need.

Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:

  • have a very low pain threshold
  • can't sit still in the dentist's chair
  • have very sensitive teeth
  • have a significant gag reflex
  • need a large amount of dental work competed.

Are either of these Options right for you?

If you are one of those people who have been avoiding dental treatment, we encourage you to give us a call.  A consultation with Dr. Wagner can put your mind at ease and put you on a path to oral health and the kind of smile you want and deserve.