nitrous oxide / laughing gas / oral sedation

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: A significant number of patients are very apprehensive about the dental environment that we're, I'm currently in here, and having dental treatment done with their teeth, either from bad experiences or discomfort that they've had. And so over time or for whatever reason, they become very apprehensive about treatment. We're very aware of this, we've treated hundreds of patients who are very phobic about having dental care.

There's a number of different options depending on your level of apprehensive, the amount of work you're going to have done. The simplest is using the nitrous oxide, commonly known laughing gas. It doesn't put you to sleep or anything but oftentimes patients find it helps them relax enough. It makes them less sensitive and less aware of what's going on. And it's enough to allow them for the dental visit to be much more pleasing and acceptable procedure for them.

People that are more apprehensive, we treat hundreds of them and our most common method is using what we call oral sedation. Oral sedation is where you take some pills prior to the treatment and after a 30-minute to hour period of time, you become very relaxed and basically out of it. Your memory is gone and you're not aware of what's going on with the procedure. You still have all your protective reflexes in place for safety, breathing and all those kind of things. You're monitored very closely with a pulse oximeter with all your vital signs and everything. But it, basically, when the appointment is over, you really don't remember what happened. You had your work done, you're able to walk out of the office, you need somebody to drive you home. It's a very pleasant way to have dentistry done, especially if you need extensive treatment.

Other levels would be IV sedation. We don't provide IV sedation currently in our office. We used to but we just found that oral sedation was so successful, less costly and easier for patients that we went that route. For severe medical compromises or whatever there are, outpatient centers or hospital settings for dentistry can be done, we have done that in the past. But again, with the oral sedation, we found that they were rarely needed. The disadvantage of that is they're extremely cost intensive, and can dwarf the cost of the dentistry.

So fortunately oral sedation is a great, inexpensive avenue available to you and that is our preferred method of choice.

Accepting new patients! Please call our Glendale, AZ dental office at 602.734.0050 or email us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilcox.

Dental Alternatives to Facelift Surgery
Passing The Torch After 32 Years at Desert Smiles
Meet Dr. Nathan Tenney
How Can I see What My New Smile Will Look Like? | Dr. Donald Wilcox in Arizona
Why Our Phoenix Area Cosmetic Dentist is Right For You
Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Regain Your Self-Confidence With Dental Implants
Reasons to Choose our Top Rated Glendale Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox
How Do You Prepare My Teeth for Veneers?
Safe and Effective Teeth Whitening at Desert Smiles
How Do I Avoid Future Gum Problems, Surgery, or Tooth Loss? | Dr. Donald Wilcox
Teeth Whitening Options Discussed By Arizona Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox
What Problems Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix? Glendale, AZ Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox
What Type of Crowns Does Cosmetic Dentist Donald Wilcox Use?
How Long Does it Take to Get Porcelain Veneers? | Dr. Donald Wilcox in Glendale, Arizona
Do Porcelain Veneers Fade or Stain?
Credentials To Look For When Choosing A Cosmetic Dentist
Robert Graham Talks About his Smile Makeover at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
How Long does it Take to Get Dental Implants?
What are Porcelain Veneers?
The Difference Between Oral Sedation and IV Sedation
Cosmetic Dentistry Smile Analysis by Dr. Wilcox
Key Differences Between Dental Implants and Dentures
Insurance Coverage for Cosmetic Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry Options Offered at Desert Smiles
Dangers of Sleep Apnea and Treatments Offered
Should You Worry About Bleeding Gums?
Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers Explained by Dr. Wilcox
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix Your Smile?
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
How Can I Tell If I Am A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Sleep Apnea Explained By Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox
Temporary Veneers Explained by Arizona Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Wilcox

treat your smile to the love it deserves

schedule a visit today

  • * All indicated fields must be completed. | Please include non-medical questions and correspondence only.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
agd logo
ada logo
aafe logo
idia logo
Request an Appointment
Scroll to Top