Let us ease your anxiety.
Many people are, in fact, afraid of the dentist. It's one of the most common fears. It's estimated that roughly 80% of Americans fear the dentist, and it can be a problem if it causes you to cancel appointments and avoid seeking out oral treatment when you truly need it. One of the most successful ways to overcome this distress has been by using sedation dentistry. Our dentists have found that patients who normally dread their appointments have greatly appreciated the use of sedation dentistry.
Dr. Vossler, our Buffalo Dental Group's sedation specialist, will discuss your options with you before any procedures.
The Buffalo Dental Group offers two forms of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one of the oldest forms of sedation dentistry. However, over the years, it has been refined, making it one of the most commonly used techniques for dental practices worldwide. You'll inhale the sedation dentistry gas through a mask that fits over the nose, leaving your mouth free for dental work and examinations. Nitrous oxide gives the patient a comforted, tranquil feeling. Some have even described the side-effects of this sedation dentistry method as warm and even euphoric. The best part is that this sedation dentistry sensation should wear off around 15 minutes after the gas is stopped. Nitrous oxide is a form of sedation dentistry that is generally used for those who experience mild to moderate dental anxiety.
If your dental phobia is stronger, you may want to opt for our other option. Oral conscious sedation dentistry is administered in the form of a pill, which you'll take before your exam. When you call The Buffalo Dental Group and explain the severity of your dental nerves, our dentists may feel that you require this form of sedation dentistry to truly put your mind at rest. They can write you a prescription for the medicine, which you will need to have filled at your local pharmacy prior to your scheduled appointment. Simply take the medicine before your appointment, and it should be able to relax you into a calm state of mind. You'll still be awake after you use this sedation dentistry method, but you'll be in a deep, deep state of relaxation. This means you will need to have somebody drive you home after your time at our office.