We work hard to keep our office environment warm and welcoming, taking time to connect with patients and make them feel comfortable while in our office. However, we are aware that some patients have such severe dental anxiety, it can be almost impossible to maintain routine dental appointments, even in the most pleasant environments. When a welcoming and warm atmosphere is not enough to halt dental anxiety, we offer a range of sedation dentistry options to help you feel calm and relaxed. Many of our patients present varying levels of fear, and we have a number of options for easing anxiety at our office.
For most, it is enough to simply apply a topical anesthetic that numbs the treatment site, allowing the patient to feel completely comfortable during any procedure. However, if dental anxiety is more severe, we provide stronger sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide and IV sedation. We have years of experience treating patients throughout the Hixson, TN, area and have a wide range of skills and knowledge to help make your visit a pleasant experience, even if you feel anxious or scared about going to the dentist.
Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients with dental anxiety to feel completely calm and relaxed, while also helping them experience a virtually pain-free appointment. Along with local anesthetic we use to numb the treatment site, we offer nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is a gaseous anesthetic mixed with oxygen and delivered to the patient through a special mask. Patients are still conscious through the entire procedure, but the gas helps them relax, calm the nerves, and feel at ease in the dentist’s chair. The effects of nitrous oxide lift almost immediately after we remove the mask, making it an ideal solution for effectively and safely relieving dental anxiety. The benefits of sedation dentistry include:
For more serious procedures or patients with more severe dental anxiety, we offer IV deep sedation. In these cases, we partner with specialists in Chattanooga, TN, who have the equipment, experience, and advanced training to deliver IV sedation safely and effectively. During procedures that involve IV sedation, the patient remains in a deep sleepy state, though he or she is able to respond to commands. Once the effects of IV sedation wear off, many patients don’t remember what happened during their appointment! Whether you need mild sedation dentistry or require a deeper level, we will provide personalized care at our Hixson, TN, office to optimize your comfort and safety during treatment.
“We offer Sedation options for comfortable dental procedures.”