For those with more mild cases of anxiety, nitrous oxide offers patients a fast-acting sedative effect during dental treatments. The gaseous mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is supplied via a nasal mask that is worn throughout your appointment, allowing you to gently inhale the mixture and remain calm. You may experience a slight warming sensation as you inhale the mixture. However, once the mask is removed, the effects of the sedative go away as quickly as they appeared, making it easy to resume normal activities.
Generally reserved for patients in hospitals, general anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation available at Anthem Dentistry. Our team members and dentists are highly trained to provide this particular sedation. We generally only recommend it for those who have tried other methods of sedation but not received proper relief. During your appointment, your vital signs will be monitored very closely to ensure your safety during every phase of care. If you have very severe dental anxiety or have special needs that make treatment impossible without general anesthesia, this option is likely for you.