Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

What can I expect with sedation dentistry?

It depends on the type of sedation your dentist decides is appropriate for you. Do you have very mild anxiety about dental visits? Or do you experience severe anxiety that causes extreme stress about dental visits?

There are three basic types of sedation that we offer – nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, or IV sedation. Each type addresses a certain level of anxiety, and sometimes they may be used in combination with each other.

You’re probably familiar with nitrous oxide (also referred to as laughing gas) because it is so widely used. It is popular because it is a very light form of sedation, but also very effective. You will still be awake, but in a very dreamy and relaxed state.

Oral sedation is a medication prescribed to be taken an hour or so before treatment. You arrive at our office feeling very relaxed, and if necessary you may be given another dose to keep you completely calm during your procedure.

IV sedation is used for extreme anxiety and patients undergoing lengthy, complex procedures. It is administered through the veins to work very quickly. Most patients have no memory of what happened during treatment.

The team at Childs and Childs Dentistry is sensitive to your concerns, and we will work with you to find the type of sedation that gets you through your treatment with little or no stress.