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Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you’re not alone. In fact, many people consider even a simple cleaning an arduous task. Sadly, some patients won’t visit the dentist until they experience an emergency such as infection or tooth decay. Waiting only leads to more problems and can ever affect overall health.

Fortunately, sedation dentistry has come a long way in recent years. There are many types of sedation, ranging from nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to oral pills. Stronger sedations can also be administered an IV in extreme cases. All of these methods work, but we recommend visiting our dentist for specific advice.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common forms of sedation, arguably because it’s safe for children and adults and because its effects wear off after only a few minutes. Similarly, administering nitrous oxide is simple—just breath normally through a mask that covers your nose.

A different sedation method is called oral sedation. If our dentist decides this method is best for you, you’ll be given a pill the night before your procedure. When you arrive at our practice the next morning, you’ll be given a second pill to help you fully relax. The downside to this option is that you won’t be able to drive home because the pills take some time to wear off. Similarly, IV sedation can be used to manage extreme cases.

Do you have any more questions about the benefits of sedation dentistry? Are you interested in hearing a few more tips on overcoming fear of the dentist? Are you simply interested in setting up an appointment with Dr. Michael Dana? If so, please don’t hesitate to give our team at Dana Dental Arts a call at 605.642.7727. We’re excited to hear from you soon.