Anxiety-Free Dentistry

Why We Would Recommend Sedation During Your Appointment?

We know that going to the dentist can be extremely frightening for some individuals. This is called dental phobia and is common among millions of Americans. We use sedation to help our patients feel anxiety free and relaxed during their treatment. If you suffer from dental phobia, Dr. Holmes may recommend one of several types of sedation after reviewing your medical history.

Types of Sedation Dentistry at Holmes Orthodontics

Nitrous oxide is commonly called laughing gas. There are several reasons to use nitrous oxide rather than complete sedation. This has been the primary way that doctors have helped relieve patients’ anxiety. The gas is distributed through a face mask, which allows you to inhale it through your nose. As the anesthetic begins to work, you’ll feel a bit groggy and desensitized. Patients that choose to use nitrous are able to resume normal daily activities by the time the treatment is finished. Oral Sedation does not require the use of needles, which many patients are anxious about. There are a variety of different medications that we provide here at Holmes Orthodontics. It will be up to your medical history and the recommendation of Dr. Holmes to decide which one will be your best choice. Oral sedation requires that you have a ride home from your appointment, so you’ll want to have a trustworthy family member or friend take you home. IV Sedation is a stronger form of sedation. If Dr. Holmes recommends this type of sedation, he would administer a liquid sedative through an IV directly into the patient’s bloodstream. Much like oral sedation, IV sedation requires that you have a ride home from your appointment.

Patient Comfort Is Our Priority

No matter what your dental experience has been in the past, we are confident that your experience here at Holmes Orthodontics will be a comfortable and anxiety-free one. If you suffer from dental anxiety please, give us a call at Charleston Office – (304) 343-3672 Hurricane Office – (304) 201-3672 Huntington Office – (304) 781-8600 or email us. We’re confident that we have a solution that will relieve you of dental anxiety and help your experience here at Holmes Orthodontics be pleasant.