Helping our patients remain relaxed and comfortable during treatment is very important to us at Birchwood Dental. Sedation dentistry uses medicine to help reduce pain and discomfort and to help patients feel less anxious about treatment.
Birchwood Dental provides local anesthesia and laughing gas as methods of sedation. Both are safe for adults and children. We will help you determine which type of sedation is appropriate for your specific treatment.
We use local anesthesia to manage pain. This medicine is applied directly to the site by injection in order to numb the area. This will prevent the patient from feeling pain. While a local anesthetic has no effect on mental state, it will not reduce anxiety in any direct way; however, some patients take comfort in knowing that they will not feel pain.
Laughing gas is an inhaled medicine that is highly effective in reducing anxiety. The patient receives the medicine by wearing a mask and breathing in the substance. The medicine goes into effect very quickly, and feelings of anxiety should go away immediately. The patient will feel comfortable and relaxed. Laughing gas has a very short duration allowing patients to continue with their days as normal once treatment is complete. Laughing gas is also very safe.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, please call us at (208) 228-5499. We proudly provide top-notch dental care to the Treasure Valley.