Does going to the dentist make you feel nervous or even anxious? At Carlsbad Beach Dental, you don’t have to worry! Not only does Dr. Addy practice with a gentle touch, our team can also offer three kinds of sedation to calm your fears and enable us to perform necessary dental work. These safe, effective methods can put your mind at ease for services as complex as a complete smile makeover or as simple as a routine checkup and cleaning.
For more severe cases of dental anxiety or for more complex procedures, we offer oral conscious sedation, which entails your taking a pill orally before you come to the appointment so that it has time to take effect. Although you’ll be fully awake and responsive, you will likely not remember details of the appointment, making it an attractive choice for those who struggle with dental anxiety. However, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the appointment because the effects of oral conscious sedation can last for a few hours.
The quickest, simplest way to take the edge off your dental anxiety is with nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. This fast-acting sedation method works best for those who have minor dental anxiety or for more routine work, such as exams and cleanings. Another advantage of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off within minutes, so you can carry on with your day as usual once your appointment is over.
If you suffer from severe anxiety, we can still give you the dental care you need! Please let our staff know about it before your appointment. We may be able to have an anesthesiologist come to our Carlsbad dental office to administer IV sedation, which is meant to keep you calm and relaxed for dental procedures. Again, you’ll be conscious throughout the entire procedure, but you won’t likely recall much about your appointment.