Sedation Dentistry Is Helping Patients Overcome Dental Anxiety

At Smiles Dental in Salem, Oregon, our team understands that patients sometimes feel anxiety regarding dental procedures. This is a fairly common phenomenon among patients, and because we want our patients to have the best possible experience during their time with us, we are pleased to offer our patients sedation dentistry to alleviate their dental anxiety.

Dental anxiety can occur for a variety of reasons, including fear of pain because of a prior negative experience or from hearing others share their stories of a negative experience, a fear of injections (and a fear that the injection won’t work), a fear of not being in control during the procedure, and feeling vulnerable and helpless.

At Smiles Dental in Salem, Oregon, we offer sedation dentistry to give you the care you need while calming your anxiety and fears. We offer nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) and oral sedation to help you feel safe, relaxed and comfortable during your treatment. With nitrous oxide–a type of inhaled minimal sedation–you breathe the gas in through a mask, allowing you to relax deeply. You can also drive yourself home after the procedure is over. With oral sedation, you take a pill before the procedure to calm you. Some people feel groggy with this kind of sedation so you will want to bring a friend or family member with you to drive you to your appointment and take you home afterwards.

If you have dental anxiety, don’t let that prevent you from receiving the care you need. At Smiles Dental in Salem, Oregon we want to give you the quality care you deserve. To schedule your next visit with one of our dentists, please call our team at 503.877.1844 today. Dr. Cheryl Cooper, Dr. Theron Nebeker, and Dr. Ken Waddell are here to help you have your best dental experience yet.