Between 9-20% of Americans skip dental visits due to anxiety, and bona fide dental phobia is a serious business that leads people to avoid dentists until they are in pain.
Florida Smile Design invites you to gentle dentistry, where we offer relaxing conscious sedation options where you remain awake at all times. Have questions? Just ask!
Nitrous oxide, also commonly called laughing gas, is the lightest form of sedation. It’s administered through a small facial mask and is known for producing feelings of giddiness (yep, it’s possible to feel giddy during your dental visit!) in a short amount of time, and for wearing off quickly so that you can get back to your life with no delay after receiving care.
Oral conscious sedation might be explained by its name, but it can’t be obtained without a prescription. The sedative prescribed will be determined by your medical history, which includes allergies and conditions that may interfere with its effectiveness. Once we find a match, you’ll be given a prescription to take about an hour before your appointment. You’ll remain generally conscious as the name implies, but the relaxed state you enter may make you feel as though you slept through your appointment.
Sedation dentistry may be ideal for you if: