Does the thought of visiting your dentist fill you with dread? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety or fear. While being afraid in itself isn’t a bad thing, it can be a serious issue if it prevents you from getting the care you need. Skipping routine checkups and cleanings because of your nerves can lead to oral health problems down the road.
Luckily, Dr. Harder can help you have a relaxing dental appointment with sedation dentistry in Moses Lake! Not only will it soothe your anxieties, but it’ll make it easier for you to receive the treatments you need for a healthy smile. To find out how sedation can make your next appointment a breeze, continue reading or give our office a call today!
You may know this commonly used form of dental sedation by its other name, which is laughing gas. It provides the lowest level of sedation for patients experiencing anxiety, nervousness, or fear about visiting their dentist. Nitrous oxide is quite calming whether you have a routine checkup or a more complex dental procedure.
At the start of your appointment, Dr. Header will place a small mask over your nose. Once you inhale the nitrous oxide that’s mixed with oxygen, you’ll quickly begin to feel the effects of the sedation. It will make you feel light and euphoric, erasing all your worries. Rest assured – our team will monitor your vitals throughout your treatment to ensure your safety and adjust the level of sedation as needed to make you feel comfortable the entire time.
The effects of nitrous oxide will dissipate as quickly as they set in. When the mask is removed, you’ll feel back to your usual self very quickly. In fact, you will be able to drive yourself home or back to work after your visit! There’s no need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from our office.
The truth is, almost any patient is a good candidate for sedation dentistry in Moses Lake. If you’re in good health, there’s a good chance you’ll get the thumbs up for nitrous oxide. Generally speaking, you’ll likely get the green light for dental sedation if you have: