Does just the thought of going to the dentist cause you to stress? Do you avoid going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety? You’re not alone; many people feel the same way. Unfortunately, allowing dental fear and anxiety to keep you from receiving essential treatment can cause you to suffer needlessly from poor dental health and appearance as a result.

Types of dental sedation medications

To help improve your experience and ensure your comfort when visiting our Phoenix, AZ, dentist office, Central Phoenix Smiles offers sedation dentistry. The three most common forms of sedation are:

  • Oral sedation. Taken the night before or the day of the appointment, oral sedatives take the edge off and allow patients to be relaxed and aware, and a local anesthetic is used for pain management.
  • Nitrous oxide. “Laughing gas” or “happy gas” is inhaled through a mask. Patients are pleasantly relaxed while being aware of what is happening around them, and a local anesthetic is used to eliminate pain. The gas leaves the system in just a few minutes, making it safe for the patient to drive and resume their day without limitation.
  • IV sedation. This effective, safe method, normally monitored by an anesthesiologist, causes little or no discomfort and often little or no memory of the procedure. Patients will need someone to drive them home and be with them for up to six hours after the procedure as the drugs leave their system.

None of these three forms of sedation involve being put to sleep. For more complex procedures, general anesthesia drugs that cause temporary loss of consciousness may be necessary and will require someone be with you to take you home.

The Central Phoenix Smiles ambiance

At Central Phoenix Smiles, we promise you a completely different ambience that calms you and allows you to handle the procedures with comfort and confidence. You can relax in the dental chair, snug and comfortable with a blanket, and before you know it, the procedure is completed and you will be good to go!

Sedation dentistry can put you at ease and virtually eliminate the pain associated with dental procedures. Dr. Kariotoglou has been specially trained to administer sedation to help patients feel calm, creating a safe, comfortable and positive dental experience. Now you can enjoy the benefits of regular dentist visits, a clean bill of oral health and a bright, happy smile!

Ready to experience dentistry at its best? Call Central Phoenix Smiles today to schedule your appointment: 602-277-2333.

We’d love to meet you and become your devoted Phoenix, AZ,

cosmetic and family dentist!