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OPTIONS TO HELP YOU RELAX

At Macadam Dental, we understand that for some patients, a trip to see the dentist can be daunting. After all, dental phobia and anxiety are very real and can be quite debilitating. However, our staff cares deeply not only about keeping your mouth healthy but also about ensuring that you are comfortable and relaxed here. In fact, we don’t want you to be afraid to come in for a dental procedure, so we provide several options to help put you at ease.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used sedatives. Often referred to as “laughing gas,” it is a safe gas that dental professionals pump (combined with oxygen) into a small mask worn over the patient’s nose during treatment. The gas causes a state of relaxation. Some patients simply feel calm, while others report a tingling sensation throughout their body. Once the treatment is complete, the patient will breathe pure oxygen for a short time. Subsequently, with the effects of the nitrous oxide worn off, the patient will be safe to drive themselves home after the procedure.

Anxiety Reducing Medication

You will take medicine such as Halcion and Valium orally about an hour before your procedure. This will put you into a deeper state of relaxation that does not wear off as easily. As a result, you will need a ride to and from the office. Additionally, you should take the rest of the day off work or other activities to let the effects wear off gently and to give you time to relax and recover.

IV Sedation

We can offer you IV sedation through the qualified care of a mobile anesthesiologist if you require a more moderate form of sedation. The anesthesiologist will administer the sedative drug through a vein, and it will go to work quickly right before the procedure in the comfort of our office. Furthermore, the anesthesiologist will be present during your entire appointment to ensure your comfort and safety. In most cases, you won’t remember the details of your visit. However, as with the administration of any sedative, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to your appointment.