Sedation is safe and effective and used to help control anxiety, fear and discomfort that may be associated with a dental visit.
Sedation comes in many forms. These are the main techniques we use:
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping; this simple acupressure technique can lower anxiety levels in about 5-10 minutes. Once learned, it can be used at home as well.
- Nitrous oxide or laughing gas; mixed with oxygen, this is inhaled during your appointment to relieve mild levels of anxiety. The gas is not metabolized by your body, so it leaves the body quickly. You can drive to and from your appointments without any effects.
- Oral sedation; an escort is necessary to bring you to and from your appointment. Today’s oral sedation medications work quickly and have the ability to make you forget parts or all of the procedure, and just make time fly by.
- IV sedation; where we give sedatives through an IV. Also called twilight sedation, you are quite sleepy, and forgetful, but still able to talk and respond to verbal commands.
What is the cost of sedation dentistry?
At our wellness center we do not charge for EFT or tapping. There is fee for nitrous oxide used per hour. The fees for oral and IV sedation will depend on the appointment length.