With local anesthesia, we first place a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Then the local anesthesia is injected into the area to block sensations of pain from that specific area.
We have found that anti-anxiety Medicine is the most cost effective and easy way for the nervous patient to get the care they need. Before any dental procedures commence, the anti-anxiety effects of the medicine will cause the patient to become drowsy and relaxed. The dentist will be able to manage patient pain and anxiety while at the same time allowing the patient to respond to physical stimulation and verbal command. Some of our patients will not remember the visit. A responsible companion must accompany you to and from the visit. Feel free to resume normal activities sometime in the next 12 to 24 hours, but someone should stay with you for the first few hours at home.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is a safe and effective sedative mixed with oxygen. It is inhaled through your nose with a small mask. Within a few minutes of breathing in slowly, you will be able to feel the effects of the nitrous. You may feel a light-headed sensation or tingling. Nitrous isn’t intended to put you to sleep. With nitrous, you will be able hear what’s going on around you and be able to respond to any question or directions. Once the mask is removed from your face, the effects of the nitrous will wear off.