Sedation Dentistry

Rarely does a patient come to the dental office without feeling anxiety. Most feel at least a little anxious. We provide a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere at Rock Point Family Dentistry to help our patients feel at ease. Our warm and friendly staff has a gentle chairside manner that helps patients feel calm and relaxed.

Despite a pleasant ambience, calming tone and gentle ways, some patients still feel overly anxious when needing to undergo dental procedures. If this sounds like you, we welcome you to Rock Point Family Dentistry. We understand severe dental anxiety and we have sedation options to help ease your distress.

Oral Conscious Sedation

You may not imagine being able to feel relaxed and carefree in the dental chair. Oral conscious sedation provides the means for you to have that experience. The medication is taken a little while before your procedure, and it induces a very relaxed, comfortable feeling. This medication does not cause you to fall asleep, so you are awake during the procedure; however, you feel carefree and completely at ease.

Because this medication wears off slowly and may leave you feeling a bit groggy for a while, it is important to make sure you have someone to drive you home after your appointment. It is not safe to operate a car or other machinery after taking medication for oral conscious sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

This is the sedation of choice for children. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is one of the oldest and most used methods of sedation in the dental office. It is a safe procedure that uses nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen to induce a pleasant, relaxed state of mind. While it is a form of sedation that allows you to be awake during the procedure, occasionally one may fall asleep while under the influence of the gas. When the procedure is completed, your system is flushed with oxygen and you recover from the sedation within minutes.

IV Sedation Dentistry

This sedation is administered intravenously and is used in cases of extreme anxiety. Your dentist will explain the details of the procedure to you and what you can expect from this form of sedation.

If you have a dental phobia or anxiety about treatments, contact Rock Point Family Dentistry today. We can ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable during your time with us.