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Sedation dentistry – helping us remove the fear of dental care
If you feel fear at the thought of visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Many people experience extreme anxiety over a visit to a dentist, usually due to previously unpleasant experiences or a childhood trauma.
At Nick Sheptooha Dental Practice we are dedicated to helping our patients feel as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. To do this we use the latest treatments and techniques in order to minimise pain or discomfort and are also able to use sedation dentistry to greatly reduce fear, pain and anxiety.
We understand how you are feeling and our team will take every possible step to make you feel relaxed and at ease.
You may have heard of the odourless and colourless sedation option of nitrous oxide. This treatment is commonly referred to as ‘happy gas’ or ‘laughing gas’.
Nitrous oxide decreases pain sensitivity and provides a pleasant level of sedation/ It is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose, and the patient is required to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. Within 30 seconds to 3 or 4 minutes, you will begin to feel relaxed and sedated.
After the gas is adjusted to the appropriate dose, we may then comfortably give a local anaesthetic injection (if needed) and proceed with the dental treatment. Once treatment is completed, you are given pure oxygen to breathe for about five minutes, and all of the effects of the sedation are usually reversed.
As a precaution, you should should not eat anything for about two hours prior to the use of the gas. Unlike IV sedation or general anaesthesia, you can almost always leave the office by yourself, without an escort.