Millions of Americans avoid seeing the dentist for their annual cleaning and checkup, because of dental anxiety. At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we encourage regular checkups and consider them essential. For our anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry to get them through the visit.
Of course, we numb your jaw for any procedure that might be painful, like filling a cavity. But some patients need more than that. One commonly used form of sedation is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This has been a staple of dentistry for more than one hundred years. A mask is placed over your nose, and you inhale. Within minutes you’ll be relaxed, and the procedure can go forward.
For some, that isn’t enough. In that case we have IV sedation, sometimes called conscious sedation. It is more powerful than nitrous oxide, but it will not put you to sleep. It does, however, make you less aware of what is going on around you. As the name indicates, IV sedation is administered intravenously.
Don’t avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety. The price you pay may be too high. Instead, ask us about sedation dentistry at Designer Smiles in Fargo. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.
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