Relaxing Dentistry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Your comfort is always a priority at Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls, which is why our office is outfitted with TVs, pillows, blankets, headphones, and other amenities that patients can enjoy during their appointment. However, we understand that sometimes, these touches just aren’t enough to help curb someone’s anxiety regarding dental care. In these cases, our doctors may recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation as an effective method for improving relaxation and helping you feel genuinely at ease as we improve your smile. Please contact our Sioux Falls, SD practice today to schedule your first appointment.
Nitrous oxide is often a great choice for patients who struggle with mild to moderate feelings of dental-related anxiety. This “laughing gas” is administered through a nasal mask, and patients should start to feel more comfortable within minutes while still remaining aware of what’s happening around them. The most significant benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed, which is good news for busy patients who need to return to work or drive themselves home with minimal downtime.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is administered through a prescribed sedative, which patients will be instructed to take at a certain point before their appointment is set to begin. Once under the effects, patients can enter a deeper state of relaxation; depending on the strength of the medication, they may not even remember much about their appointment once it’s finished. When choosing oral conscious sedation, patients will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive them both to and from Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls.