It’s not uncommon for adults to experience fear, anxiety, or nervousness when they visit their dentist’s office. Dental phobia can not only make each of your dental treatments and the time leading up to them unbearable and nerve-wracking, but it’s also a primary reason why countless people avoid the dentist, which isn’t great for their oral health. To help make our patients with dental phobias feel more comfortable and at-ease while they get the treatments they need to enjoy a healthy smile, we offer sedation dentistry in Barnegat, NJ!
Oral conscious sedation is a great method for patients who have moderate to severe anxiety or fear at the thought of visiting a dentist. Before your appointment, we’ll prescribe a pill for you to take. That way, once you arrive at our dental office, you’ll already feel calmer and more comfortable. We’ll guide you back to the treatment room, get you comfortable, and begin your procedure or checkup and cleaning. Because the effects of this form of sedation last longer, you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drop you off and pick you up from our dental office.
Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting sedation that we can administer in our dental office. Once you sit in the treatment chair, we’ll place a small nose mask on you that will administer a colorless, odorless gas that you will breathe in. Within about two to five minutes, you’ll feel a wave of euphoria and relaxation wash over you. Once we’ve completed your treatment, we’ll remove the mask and the effects will quickly wear off, so you’ll be able to go on with the rest of your day as you normally would.