RELAXATION DENTISTRY – KERNERSVILLE, NC
Comfortable & Relaxed Dental Care
Does the thought of dental care make you a little (or a lot) nervous? If so, you are not alone. But visiting the dentist does not have to be a stressful or unpleasant experience. In fact, with help from relaxation dentistry, it can be a downright rejuvenating time -- because, once the appointment is over, you leave the dental office with a clean and healthy smile!
Dr. Zack Walker knows a trip to the dentist isn’t anyone’s favorite thing, and he is happy to be able to offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious medication to help. Keep reading to learn more about how relaxation dentistry works, and whether or not it is right for you. If you would like to be more relaxed at the dentist’s office, the answer just may be a resounding yes!
What Is Relaxation Dentistry?
Relaxation dentistry uses medications to help put your mind at ease while you are at the dentist’s office. Local anesthesia numbs the treatment area, but relaxation dentistry is available to help the rest of you feel at-ease as well. Generally healthy patients of all ages can benefit from this dental office -- from young children to grandparents.
Relaxation Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide -- AKA laughing gas -- is our preferred method of helping patients relax during their appointments. It has a mild effect and when combined with local anesthesia, it helps to put patients completely at ease throughout any procedure. You will breathe the gas in through a small mask you wear over your nose. Its effects take over quickly, helping you feel light, tingly, and maybe even enjoying your time at the dentist’s. Dr. Walker will only begin once he is sure that you are completely comfortable and ready to start. After the treatment is complete and the mask has been removed, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. You can go about your day as normal, without any groggy disruptions.
Oral Conscious Medication for Relaxation Dentistry
If you experience anxiety so severe you don’t even want to leave home for your dental appointment, you’re not alone. That’s one of many reasons why we offer oral conscious medication as a form of relaxation dentistry. This medication that we will prescribe specifically for you is taken about an hour prior to treatment and starts working before you ever leave home. You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from our dental office, as the effects of sedation are strong and can last as much as 24 hours following your initial dose. Once you arrive at our dental office, you’ll already be relaxed, stress-free and ready for treatment. As the name suggests, you’ll remain conscious during the procedure, but most patients don’t remember their visit to our dental office when the medication wears off. You should plan to rest for at least 12 hours following your treatment.
Is Relaxation Dentistry an Option for You?
Nitrous oxide is a safe way for just about anyone to have a more pleasant experience at the dentist. Oral conscious medication is also extremely reliable and comfortable. If, like most people, you believe you could benefit from being a little more at-ease in the dental chair, relaxation dentistry may be a great option for you.
Time to Relax at the Dentist!
If you are interested in learning more about relaxation dentistry and how it can help you overcome your dental fear or anxiety, you are invited to contact our dental office! We can’t wait to help you enjoy visiting the dentist once again. Go ahead and contact us today !