Anxious about visiting the dentist? Don't be! We offer sedation options for patients who may be nervous or uneasy about receiving dental treatment. Learn more about your options below.
Information for Anxious Patients
Our dentists at Alexis Dental provide services for anxious and nervous patients in Belle River. We support our care for anxious patients with sedation options for both adults and children. If you have an upcoming dental procedure, consult with our dentists to select a suitable sedation option for you and your upcoming procedure.
Sedation medications can help to increase cooperation and reduce anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures.
For our adult patients, we use nitrous-oxide (laughing gas), a colourless gas made up of nitrogen and oxygen. Nitrous-oxide is administered about five minutes before your dental procedure through a mask that fits over your nose.
Nitrous-oxide is a method to address some dental anxiety and discomfort. It can have a calming effect and allow patients to remain awake throughout the procedure. Nitrous-oxide is administered by gradually adding it to the initial 100% oxygen until you start to feel its effects, in most cases in about five minutes, which at this time you will be breathing in at least 40% oxygen, almost double regular air.
Oxide sedation is delivered either through a nasal mask, which is connected to one canister of oxygen, and one of nitrous oxide. Unlike IV or Oral Sedation, Oxide Sedation also works as an anesthetic.
Sedation Options for Children
We offer several other sedation medications in addition to nitrous-oxide (information listed above) for children who may need help relaxing at the dental office.