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Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you’re not alone. In fact, many people consider even a simple cleaning an arduous task. Sadly, some patients won’t visit the dentist until they experience an emergency such as infection or tooth decay. Waiting only leads to more problems and can ever affect overall health.

Fortunately, sedation dentistry has come a long way in recent years. There are many types of sedation, ranging from nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to oral pills. Stronger sedations can also be administered an IV in extreme cases. All of these methods work, but we recommend visiting our dentist for specific advice.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common forms of sedation, arguably because it’s safe for children and adults and because its effects wear off after only a few minutes. Similarly, administering nitrous oxide is simple—just breath normally through a mask that covers your nose.

A different sedation method is called oral sedation. If our dentist decides this method is best for you, you’ll be given a pill the night before your procedure. When you arrive at our practice the next morning, you’ll be given a second pill to help you fully relax.

Unfortunately, if oral sedation is necessary, you’ll need to ask someone to take you to the office and bring you home. You see, oral sedation’s effects do not wear off as quickly as nitrous oxide and it will not be safe for you to drive yourself home. Similarly, if your dentist decides to that IV sedation is best for you, you will not be able to drive yourself home.

If you have dentist anxiety and want to have a healthy mouth anyway, you can talk to our dentist to learn more about the options available to you. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to give Cosmo Dental a call at 415-800-7594. Dr. Olga Antipova and our team are excited to hear from you!