By Erickson Dental Care
October 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Find out how your next dental visit in Grants Pass, OR can be stress-free with sedation dentistry.

That’s right! You can have a relaxing and anxiety-free trip to the dentist. For many people who suffer from dental anxieties or even dental anxietyphobias, they may believe that it will never be possible to set foot in our office. Some people even avoid the dentist for many years because of fear. But we all know that visiting our Grants Pass dentists, Drs. Sten, Mart and Rachel Erickson, is a necessary part of maintaining a healthy smile. Find out how you can get the care your smile needs while also quelling your dental fears all in the same visit.

Sedation dentistry makes it possible for anxious patients to finally get the dental care they need while feeling calm and relaxed. Sedation dentistry comes in many different forms but the 3 most popular methods are inhalation, oral sedation, and IV. Of all of these, IV is the most effective.

What is Inhalation Sedation?

Inhalation sedation is most often referred to as “laughing gas.” A mask is placed over your nose and a steady stream of nitrous oxide is administered. While this won’t “put you to sleep” it can immediately make you feel euphoric and calm. An added benefit of inhalation sedation is that the effects wear off immediately once the mask is removed. This means that once the procedure is over you won’t experience groggy or sleepy effects from the nitrous oxide. In fact, patients can even drive themselves home after treatment.

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is another popular method for reducing dental anxieties in Grants Pass. We will prescribe an anti-anxiety medication that you will take about an hour prior to your procedure. You will take the medication while in our office and then we will wait for it to take full effect before we begin. Unlike inhalation sedation, oral sedation’s effects do last longer so it’s important that you have a ride who will pick you up from our office and drive you home.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is when the medication is administered directly into the bloodstream and is the most effective method of sedation. The benefits of IV sedation are that the effects take effect immediately and the sedation levels can be adjusted as needed. IV sedation allows patients who are anxious or nervous about a procedure to get the treatment they need  Dentistry is much easier when you snooze through it! 

Often a combination of a few of the above is the perfect recipe for a nice, relaxing time at the dentist. Don’t let your dental fears get the better of you. Call our Grants Pass, OR dental office today to schedule your next visit with Erickson Dental Care. Let us know you are interested in getting sedation dentistry.