Not everyone looks forward to going to the dentist. For some patients, however, professional dental care can elicit significant anxiety or fear. If dental anxiety is keeping you from giving your smile the attention and care it needs, Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook can help. We proudly offer a full menu of sedation dentistry options to help patients relax and feel at ease during their time in the dental chair.
To meet the needs of each patient, our dentists are qualified to not only provide oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) but IV sedation as well. Sedation dentistry can be administered during a lengthy restorative procedure or just a simple cleaning for those who need it.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative pill before you arrive at your dental appointment. Sedative medication allows you to relax by slowing the action of the central nervous system. Patients can remain aware of their surroundings, yet unbothered by the dental work being done. If you choose oral conscious sedation, it is important to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure.
Nitrous oxide, referred to as “laughing gas,” is the most widely used form of sedation dentistry. By wearing a small nosepiece and breathing in a colorless and sweet-smelling gas, patients can drift into a deep state of relaxation during their dental treatment. While you may fall asleep, most patients stay awake and are able to freely communicate our dental team if they wish. A highlighted advantage of nitrous oxide is the ability to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities. Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide has no lingering side effects.
At Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook, we have the unique ability to accommodate patients who need a deeper level of sedation. Our dentists are trained and qualified to administer IV sedation, a sedative medication that does not put you to sleep but is delivered intravenously into your bloodstream for a more secure and highly-monitored means of relaxation. Patients with severe dental anxiety can take advantage of IV Sedation as well as those who are undergoing a very lengthy or invasive dental procedure.
How can we enhance your comfort at Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook? If sedation dentistry will help you schedule the dental treatments your smile needs and deserves, please don’t hesitate to ask. In addition to options in sedation dentistry, our Mayfield Heights dental clinic also offers soothing amenities and a friendly staff.