If you generally feel anxious when you visit the dentist, it can also affect your ability to get numb. Anxiety can cause you to move when we’re trying to inject the local anesthetic and it can also make you interpret the lightest touch as pain. If you feel anxious simply getting a local anesthetic, that’s okay. We offer several solutions that can help. We offer three different types of sedation dentistry.
First, we offer nitrous oxide which you might know as “laughing gas.” During your appointment, you will inhale the nitrous oxide and immediately feel relaxed. Once you’re relaxed, we will inject the local anesthetic. The effects of the nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes of stopping the inhalation.
Another option for sedation dentistry is oral sedation. This involves taking a pill before your appointment. We can also prescribe one for the night before your appointment if you tend to experience anxiety before bed for your upcoming appointment. The pill will help you stay relaxed throughout your entire appointment and especially during your local anesthesia injection.
The last type of sedation dentistry we offer is IV sedation. We recommend IV sedation for patients who need a much deeper level of sedation. After the IV sedation begins to take effect, we’ll apply the local anesthetic.
Talk to one of our dentists in Rochester about sedation dentistry to learn if it’s right for you.