At Affinity Dental, your comfort is our priority! That’s why we provide dental sedation to ensure you feel at ease during your time with us. We understand that dental phobia is a common fear that patients of all ages can experience. Our team members understand this and will never ask questions about your request for dental sedation.
We want you to feel secure and relaxed with us, no matter what treatment you’re coming in for! Call our office in Louisville, KY, today to request dental sedation for you or your child’s next visit!
Nitrous oxide is a form of sedation that is administered as a breathable gas. Upon inhaling the sedative, patients will begin feeling more calm and relaxed within minutes. The gas is provided through a small mask that is secured over their nose during the appointment. Nitrous oxide allows the patient to remain awake and communicate with the dentist or hygienist but relieves the patient of any stress or anxiety.
At the end of the appointment, the gas mask will be removed, and the patient will return to normal perception and function almost instantly. The gas does not present any lingering sedation effect, making it perfectly safe for the patient to drive home after the appointment has ended.
Oral sedation is a more moderate level of sedation that causes patients to feel sleepy during their appointment. Most patients will sleep through their treatment and wake up once it is over. Those who remain awake will feel calm and relaxed while being able to respond to their doctor.
An oral sedative is usually prescribed a day or two ahead of time by the dentist and should be taken at least an hour before the appointment. This gives the sedative time to take full effect before treatment begins. Because oral sedatives put patients into a sleepy condition, they must have someone drive them to and from their appointment.
Supporting Patients With Dental Sedation
Our team is eager to welcome you to our office, though we understand if you feel nervous. We want to make sure you are comfortable and feel confident throughout your visit, which will contribute to a healthy association between you and your oral health team!
Our mission is to build a relaxing environment where patients can feel secure from the moment they walk through the door. As a part of this mission, we welcome you to call us with requests for sedation before your scheduled appointment. Nothing should get in the way of your path to excellent oral health; call us today to learn how we can make your next visit a great one!