Dental anxiety can be crippling. In can have an obvious effect on your mental state and a not-so-obvious effect on your oral health. Dental anxiety can cause people to avoid going to the dentist and avoid undergoing necessary cleanings, exams, and procedures to maintain their oral health.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, don’t let it control you and put your health at risk. At Galleria of Smiles, we’re here to help and we’ll do what it takes to show you that you’re in good hands when you’re in our office. Our friendly and experienced team is used to working with patients with dental anxiety so you don’t have to feel embarrassed or uneasy.
We’ll do what it takes you make you feel more comfortable during your time with us, so we can show you that taking care of your teeth is nothing to fear.
IV Sedation To Keep You Comfortable
At Galleria of Smiles, we’re working hard every day to learn about and utilize the latest and best dental techniques and services. One service we are proud to offer our patients is IV sedation. IV sedation is particularly helpful for patients with dental anxiety, but can be used to make just about anyone more comfortable during a dental procedure.
IV sedation requires a special certification which means not every dentist office is able to offer the deepest level of dental sedation. Fortunately, we can!
If you’ve never experienced IV sedation before, you can think of it as being in a dreamlike state. You’ll still be awake and conscious, just not totally present. You may not remember anything from the procedure, but if you do, your memories will be in soft focus. If you have dental anxiety, the less you remember from the treatment, the more likely you are to have a better overall experience and less dental anxiety in the future.
At Galleria of Smiles, we find that our patients most often choose IV sedation for longer or more complex procedures like our Same-Day Smile, dental implant therapy, full-mouth reconstruction, gum recession treatment, or oral surgery.
If you plan to use IV sedation for your dental procedure, you’ll need to arrange a ride home afterward. You’ll be unable to drive as the effects of the sedation wear off. We typically suggest you plan to take it easy the rest of the day.
Oral Sedation And Nitrous Oxide
If you think IV sedation is a bit too much for you, we also offer lighter sedation options to patients who want a little assistance relaxing while in our office. We offer oral sedation and nitrous oxide as two additional sedation options.
Oral sedation comes in a pill form that we prescribe you ahead of time. You’ll take the pill before you arrive at our office so by the time you’re here for your procedure, you’re already totally relaxed. Because the effects may take a while to wear off, you’ll need a ride home from the dental office after your procedure if you plan to use oral sedation.
Nitrous oxide is the lightest type of dental sedation we offer at Galleria of Smiles. With nitrous oxide, you breathe it in and in no time at all, you’ll feel warm, happy, and comfortable. You can drive yourself home after your procedure if you use nitrous oxide because the effects wear off quickly after your treatment is complete.
In addition to our sedation options, we can also use a local anesthetic to numb the part of your mouth we’re working on, so you won’t feel a thing!
Conquer Your Dental Anxiety Today!
You can expect gentle, friendly service at Galleria of Smiles. We’ll even call you after your procedure to check on you. When you call us to schedule your appointment, mention your concerns and if necessary we can schedule your treatment in a private room or a longer appointment window. During your time with us, you can also take advantage of the pillows, blankets, stress balls, and headphones we offer!