Sedation Dentistry

One of the top concerns that we hear from patients is what can be done to manage pain and anxiety during dental treatment. Many patients are apprehensive about making dental visits because they are fearful of experiencing discomfort while work is conducted. Other patients may simply feel somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of work being done inside the mouth. In these situations, dental sedation can be helpful.

Dental sedation refers to any method that is used to help manage pain or keep a patient comfortable during dental treatment. Sedation may be used when a patient has significant anxiety about dental treatment. By using sedation correctly, we can help make treatment substantially easier for patients. At Stein Family Dentistry, we offer local anesthesia and laughing gas.

Local Anesthesia

A local anesthetic is applied to the immediate area of dental work. It will numb the area and prevent the patient from experiencing pain while a procedure is conducted. The patient should feel the area go numb, but they will not experience any additional effects at all. A local anesthetic should not have any effect on a patient’s current mental state, and it will produce no lingering effects following the procedure. It is important to remember that local anesthesia does nothing to directly reduce a patient’s anxiety; however, many patients still take comfort in knowing that a local anesthetic will prevent them from experiencing pain during treatment.

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas refers to an inhaled vapor that is administered immediately prior to and during treatment. The patient will wear a special mask over their nose and then breathe the gas in through their nose. The substance will go into effect very quickly, and it will greatly reduce any fear or anxiety that the patient had been experiencing. The patient will then remain calm throughout the treatment, while still being completely aware of their surroundings. Once the gas is no longer being administered, the patient should return to normal very quickly thereafter. Laughing gas is incredibly safe, and it is highly effective for managing anxiety for various dental procedures.

Dental sedation may be able to help you during your next treatment. Make sure to ask our experts about receiving a local anesthetic or laughing gas to help manage your pain or anxiety while dental work is being completed. Please call us at (509) 747-5586 to schedule an appointment.

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