Proper dental care and a routine dental check up are important to maintain to keep a healthy smile. Regular dentist visits can help prevent health complications or detect issues before they become serious.
At Arizona Dental Heights, we like to make sure your visit to our office is a comfortable and pleasant experience so you’ll visit regularly and we can help you maintain a healthy smile.
But we understand that for some, dental phobia can prevent you from visiting us, and that is why we offer Sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry helps you become at ease during your visit and makes the experience more enjoyable and stress-free.
To help calm and reduce your tension and anxiety, we offer:
Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is a light sedative pill you take before your visit. The amount of sedation can range from minimal to moderate, and takes effect within one hour of consumption. An oral sedative pill will make the patient drowsy, but still awake during any dental procudure, including surgery. An oral sedation is safe and extremely effective.
Nitrous Oxide: Famously known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is given to you through a mask over your nose and mouth, at the begining of your visit while you are in the dentist’s chair. Nitrous oxide is safe, effective, and puts you in a relaxed state. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly and those who have been treated with nitrous oxide can drive home after their procedure. (Although we always recommend being on the safe side, and having a friend drive you home after any sedative treatment.) This is a popular and safe choice for kids who feel anxious about the dentist or their dental treatment.
IV Sedation: Also known as Sleep Dentistry, IV Sedation is given by IV and typically before oral surgery or other complex procedures done outside the office. IV sedation is the most effective sedation because it puts the patient in a relaxed, calm sleep state for patients to undergo even the most complex dental treatment without anxiety. IV sedation takes a couple hours to wear off. It is not recommended to drive for the rest of the day, after waking up from IV sedation.
If you feel extreme fear or anxiety when you visit the dentist, or if a dental phobia is causing you to avoid a routine check up, we recommend a sedation dentistry treatment and are happy to discuss your options before you make an appointment. We are committed to making your experience at AZ Dental Heights a safe, anxiety-free experience.