One of our specialties at Rochford Family Dental is conscious sedation dentistry, a gentle alternative for people who need an extra level of pain relief while undergoing dental procedures.
Many people are afraid of the dentist, and may avoid their appointments because of that fear, which can lead to long-term dental issues. These patients can benefit from sedation dentistry, as it eases their anxiety and helps them through their time in the dentist’s chair. Other patients may require extra pain relief, either due to sensitivity or the extent of the procedure itself. Children, the elderly, the medically compromised, or patients with certain disabilities can all be good candidates for this higher level of sedation.
We offer two different types of conscious sedation dentistry:
The most common and mildest form of conscious sedation, oral sedation is administered via a prescription tablet taken before the dental appointment. It results in a relaxed and semi-drowsy state that will allow the patient to sit comfortably and easily throughout their procedure.
Nitrous oxide otherwise known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled to produce a state of drowsy relaxation. The dentist administers the local anaesthetic needed while the patient is under the influence of the odourless & tasteless nitrous oxide, so that they can be both relaxed and pain-free for their appointment.
Not every dentist offers this option, but both Dr. Soloman and Dr. Nantes have received specialized training in sedation dentistry and are happy to offer this valuable services to their clients.
You can drive home after nitrous oxide.
If you think you or a family member might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry, mention it to us at your next visit, or call us for more information.