At Vienna Family Dentistry, we know many people avoid dental appointments out of fear, or have extreme anxiety about dental treatment. Conscious Sedation provides our patients with a safe, effective way to alleviate dental anxiety and enables them to get the treatment they need.
How it Works
Conscious Sedation makes use of an oral prescription medication that we provide to you right here in the office, and no intravenous needles are used. During Conscious Sedation, your vital signs are continuously monitored.
Due to relaxing effects of the medication, you will need a friend or family member bring you to and from your dental appointment. The typical Conscious Sedation experience creates a carefree atmosphere for our patients and most say they have very little to no memory of their treatment.
Advantages of Conscious Sedation
Conscious sedation is an excellent choice for patients who have any of the following concerns:
- Dental anxiety
- Traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Easily triggered gag reflex
- Fear of needles or other dental phobias
- Very sensitive teeth
- Extensive dental needs
Alternatives to Conscious Sedation
Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is a proven, safe method of relaxation for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. How does it work? Nitrous Oxide combined with Oxygen is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax and once the gas is removed, you are back to normal. This is the only form of sedation where you are able to drive yourself home after the procedure.