Not brave about going to the dentist? Don’t worry – you don’t have to white knuckle your way through your time in the dental chair. We provide a full range of sedation options to ensure your every visit is comfortable and anxiety free.
For many people, anxiety over going to the dentist prompts them to put off their dental care. Over time, dental issues develop, and the anxiety gets worse since the patient knows that their dental visit will become even more involved.
At New Horizons, we provide a variety of dental sedation options to allow you to keep your appointments and receive dental treatment without fear.
There are four main types of sedation that can be used for anxious dental patients.
Oral Sedation involves medications such as diazepam, which can be prescribed for the patient the day before the procedure to be taken at night, or given in the dental office 30 to 60 minutes before a needed dental procedure. Oral sedation leaves the patient relaxed and anxiety free, without causing unconsciousness.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation involves an injected drug which also creates a state of relaxed sedation. Most patients describe IV sedation as feeling calm and disconnected from the dental procedure, but remaining awake and able to respond to questions or requests from the dentist.
Light Sedation involves inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”. This creates a feeling of relaxed euphoria, allowing the patient to receive dental care without anxiety.
Pediatric Sedation can be injected via IV, or delivered in oral form. We have experienced team members who are trained to deliver sedation to children safely and effectively to ensure your child is comfortable during their dental procedure.
All types of sedation dentistry are designed to allow the patient to be relaxed and free from fear or anxiety during their treatment. These methods don’t involve pain relief, so the dentist will also provide topical or injected anesthetic to ensure the procedure is pain free and may prescribe oral pain medication for after the procedure if needed.Request Appointment