Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Brunette woman relaxes while receiving nitrous oxide through a nose mask at the dentist in Fayetteville, AR

At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we offer sedation dentistry to help make your visit more enjoyable. For example, dental sedation can be used to ease dental anxiety or to make long, complex dental procedures more comfortable.

Rest assured that patient safety is our priority! While we consider sedation dentistry a safe procedure for most patients, our team will discuss your medical history, medications, and other pertinent information to ensure that you are a suitable candidate.

What Type of Sedation Dentistry is Available?

At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we offer two different dental sedation options:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, is a great option for mild to moderate dental anxiety. This is a gas that you inhale via a mask over your nose. It will help you feel calm and relaxed throughout your treatment. Your limbs may also start to feel a bit heavy. Once you stop inhaling the gas, its effects wear off. You don’t have any lingering drowsiness or mental fog, so it’s safe to drive yourself home after your appointment.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is another option to help you relax at the dentist. It’s a prescribed pill you will take before your appointment. This form of dental sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide so you will feel its effects for several hours. Since you will be drowsy after your treatment, it’s important you arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment. You may also experience some temporary side effects like dry mouth, dizziness, or nausea.

Sedation Dentistry at Farmington Dental & Orthodontics

We want our patients to feel comfortable throughout their visit with us, which is why we offer sedation dentistry and provide modern amenities like cozy blankets and pillows, aromatherapy, and TVs in our treatment rooms. If you are ready to schedule a visit or have questions, please contact us! We’re happy to help you.

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