At Soldotna Dental Arts, we understand that dental anxiety is a real and common problem among patients of all ages, resulting in countless skipped appointments and worsening smile damage that could have been avoided. Dr. O’Donoghue and the rest of our staff work hard to create a comforting, pleasant environment for every visit, but this isn’t always enough to quell frazzled nerves. Thankfully, sedation dentistry can lend a helping hand. If you’d like to learn more about our sedative techniques or arrange this type of care for your next visit, contact us today in Soldotna, AK.
Most people know nitrous oxide by a different, sillier name — laughing gas! This mild sedative is safe for all ages, and it’s administered through a nasal mask that we’ll place on the patient at the beginning of their appointment. After a few minutes of breathing in the gas, you should feel calmer and more content while still remaining aware of what’s happening around you. The biggest benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off extremely quickly following your appointment, which means that it’s safe to return to your daily routine and even drive yourself with minimal to no downtime required.
We are proud to be one of the few dental practices in the Kenai Peninsula to offer IV sedation, which is ideal for patients with moderate to advanced dental fear or who are in need of extensive treatment. The medication is delivered intravenously and can be adjusted as needed to ensure complete comfort and safety throughout the procedure. While patients will not be rendered unconscious, they will become so deeply relaxed that it’s very likely they will have little memory of the experience once they’ve recovered. Please keep in mind that you will need a trusted escort to take you home following your appointment and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day when undergoing IV sedation.