Do you feel anxious or uneasy every time you walk in the dental office? Dental phobia is a common occurrence among patients, especially adults. Fortunately, our team at Oak Ridge Dental offers multiple sedation methods to allow you to feel more at-ease when you visit us for a treatment or checkup and cleaning. If it has been awhile since you visited your dentist in San Ramon due to fear, call us today so we can speak with you about your sedation options that will make your visit more comfortable.
For our patients who suffer from mild, moderate, or even more severe dental phobia, we offer oral conscious sedation that will begin to kick-in before you reach our office. Before your appointment, we’ll prescribe a small pill for you to take an hour prior to your arrival. That way, once you walk through the doors, you should feel calmer and less anxiety-riddled. Because the effects of this sedation start before you arrive and will linger for hours after your visit, it’s important to have a trusted friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up.
Nitrous oxide is a more fast-acting sedation that doesn’t linger as long as oral conscious sedation does. When you arrive at our office, we’ll get you settled in a treatment chair and place a small nose mask on your face. This will allow you to easily breathe in the nitrous oxide once we turn it on. Within a matter of minutes, you’ll feel a calming wave wash over your body. Our team will closely monitor you throughout your treatment until it’s complete. Once we take the mask off and turn off the nitrous oxide, you should feel back to your normal self within five minutes or less, allowing you to go on with your day as you normally would.