The Dental Care Center

Quelling Dental Anxiety

October 20, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Peter Suh
Alleviate Dental Anxiety in Van Nuys CA

For those of you who suffer from dental anxiety, you can take comfort in the fact that you are certainly not alone. There are plenty of reasons people fear going to the dentist, but it’s important to not let that fear keep them from visiting their dentist regularly. When it comes to quelling dental anxiety, try sedation dentistry in Van Nuys so you can relax and receive the dental care you need.

Sedation Dentistry for Your Comfort

Talk to us about sedation dentistry options that can alleviate anxiety and increase your comfort while you are sitting in the dental chair. We have used sedation dentistry to help hundreds of patients overcome their dental anxiety. We offer our patients nitrous oxide—also known as laughing gas—as well as oral conscious sedation. Both of these options are designed to put you at ease and will make your entire dental experience a positive one!

Sedation Dentistry Options

Local anesthetic is available for those procedures, such as a filling, that simply need a spot to be numbed. A gel is applied to the gum area where the anesthetic will go so patients won’t even feel the prick of the tiny needle with the numbing agent.

Another popular sedation option is nitrous oxide. This gas provides a very mild form of sedation. Breathed in much like oxygen is, patients immediately feel relaxed and even euphoric. Sometimes patients actually feel giddy, which is one of the reasons this is also called “laughing gas.” It leaves the body just as quickly as it enters the body, so patients who use this form of sedation are fine to drive home immediately after their dental treatment. .

For more severe anxiety, oral conscious sedation is available. It comes in the form of a sedative you will take about 30 to 60 minutes prior to your appointment. You will feel very relaxed and calm, but you will still be able to speak to and respond to the dentist. Because the effects of oral sedation can last for several hours after you take the medication, you will need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment.

Quelling Your Dental Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

Don’t let anxiety come between you and your dentist. Call about sedation dentistry in Van Nuys!


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