Benton & Nelson DDS

I want to know more about sedation dentistry

March 15, 2021
Posted By: Blake Nelson


Are you interested in learning more about sedation dentistry?

Many of our patients come to Dr. Nelson because they are nervous about their dental appointments!  It is completely normal to have "dental phobia" or fear of the dentist, and we offer multiple options to keep you comfortable while you seek the treatment that you need.  To find out more about your options for dental sedation, schedule a complimentary consultation with our office.

What will we discuss at my dental sedation consultation?

Prior to dental sedation, you will need to sit down with Dr. Nelson to discuss your options.  First, he will review your dental needs and how they can be addressed.  A wide range of procedures such as fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals, and deep cleanings can be completed with dental sedation.  Then, Dr. Nelson will thoroughly review your medical history to confirm that you are a candidate for dental sedation.  Lastly, Dr. Nelson will review your options for dental sedation including IV sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

What are my different options for dental sedation?

Dr. Nelson will offer all three types of sedation at your consultation appointment so you can choose your best fit.  The most common form of sedation that patients choose is IV sedation.  During IV sedation, a small IV is placed in the arm that administers medication to make you relaxed, sleepy, and sedated.  Patients who have IV sedation have no memory of the procedure and are able to have all of their dental needs addressed in one visit.  

Other options for sedation include oral sedation and nitrous oxide.  Oral sedation involves taking a medication (such as Xanax, Valium, or Ativan) prior to your appointment to help calm your nerves.  Patients remain awake during oral sedation, but are more relaxed to help make the dental appointment more pleasant.  Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) involves having a small mask placed over your nose during your procedure that administers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.  The gas creates a calming, warm and fizzy feeling to help make the dental appointment more pleasant.  To learn more about your options for dental sedation, click here.  


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