A comfortable experience for every patient.
Anxiety about dental procedures is common, but we believe you shouldn’t have to suffer or avoid the care you need because of it. Our safe, proven sedation dentistry options allow all our patients to maintain their oral health in a way that works for them.
Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
The most commonly used method for calming patients in the dental office, “laughing gas” is breathed in through the nose while your dental work is being completed. Patients often describe a warm, tingling or euphoric sensation when at an ideal level of nitrous oxide sedation. You remain awake while breathing laughing gas and, after breathing 100% oxygen for several minutes following treatment, you are safe to drive, get back to work and otherwise get on with your day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you want deeper sedation than laughing gas can offer, oral conscious sedation may be perfect for you. This approach uses a combination of medications to keep you relaxed during your entire visit. A sedative taken the night before your appointment helps you get a good night’s rest and another is given in the office as needed to keep you relaxed. Other than keeping you comfortable, a major benefit is having little, if any, memory of your time in the dental chair. As the name suggests, you remain conscious during this type of sedation. Although you may sleep, you are breathing on your own and all your reflexes are intact. You will be able to alert the dental team if anything is bothersome or needed. A driver is required to bring you to and take you home from your conscious sedation appointment.
Some patients need a deeper level of sedation than other options can give. When this is the case, we have a trusted dental anesthesiologist that comes to our office to administer general anesthesia and monitor the patient throughout the appointment. This is a particularly optimal approach for very young children, those with handicaps, and patients with high levels of anxiety as it allows us to provide treatment in our office and avoid a hospital visit for dentistry performed under anesthesia. A driver is required to bring you to and take you home from your general anesthesia appointment. To learn more about our general anesthesia provider, Nashville Office-Based Anesthesia, click here.