Overcoming Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Millions of people around the world suffer from dental phobia, which can sometimes cause debilitating anxiety, keeping many from receiving the dental treatments they so desperately need. But thanks to developments in sedation dentistry, many are finding comfort and relief from this condition, allowing them to receive the care they deserve and get their oral and overall health back on … Read More

The Risks and Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation is being used in more and more dental offices across the country as a safe and effective means of allowing millions of patients with dental phobia to undergo much needed dental work. There has also been an increase in its use with children, who often have a difficult time tolerating dental treatment also. In an effort to help children … Read More

Dental Sedation and Your Child: What You Need to Know

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has been safely used in sedation dentistry for over a century. It can be especially helpful with the treatment of children, who often have a difficult time tolerating most dental procedures. But with all of the sedation-gone-wrong stories in the news, and a general lack of knowledge, it’s understandable why parents might be wary of … Read More

Laughing Gas 101

When people hear “sedation dentistry,” laughing gas is typically what first comes to mind. Nitrous oxide, its formal name, is commonly used as a mild sedative in many dental procedures. While you can’t see or smell the gas, it is very effective in helping patients relax quickly so that your treatment can be completed easily and effectively. Here’s a brief … Read More

Calming Strategies for the Patient with Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a very real condition that keeps millions of Americans from visiting the dentist annually. Whether it’s fear of pain, cost, or simply the unknown, finding the right dental team is critical in taking steps to achieving the oral health you deserve. Many dentists practice sedation dentistry now, assisting patients in reaching a relaxed state in order to … Read More

The More You Know: Sedation Dentistry

The use of sedation in dentistry has grown immensely in the last several years and is now used in many dental practices. Whether it’s necessary to complete an invasive procedure or to help calm anxiety for a tooth cleaning, sedation dentistry is a safe, effective practice that has changed the way many view their dental experience. The following is a … Read More

Successful Treatment of Fearful Dental Patients

Did you know that up to 40% of people have some level of dental anxiety? Thankfully, advancements in sedation have allowed for easier treatment of fearful patients, and many dentists now use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral or intravenous drugs in their offices. But the dental professionals at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, which happens to be the alma … Read More

Dental Phobia and Your Oral Health

Visiting the dentist is a critical component of achieving and maintaining good oral health, which we now know is extremely important to overall health and wellness. While most dental procedures are painless, simply having an exam can cause some people to feel stress and anxiety. Most people can handle these feelings, but for those living with dental phobia, the thought … Read More

Sedation Success Tied to Children’s Traits

When a child has to undergo a dental procedure (other than the typical exam and cleaning), nitrous oxide inhalation sedation is often used to improve cooperation. However, this method isn’t always successful. Recently, a team of researchers set out to determine which children are better candidates for this form of sedation, and to try to find out why it doesn’t … Read More

New Pain-free Anesthetic for the Dental Office

A promising new pain management treatment has been found to be safe and effective, and researchers believe that it can be successfully used in the dental office. The nasal spray Kovanaze was just put through a Phase 3 clinical trial, meaning it was given to a large group of people to confirm its effectiveness and monitor side effects. With promising … Read More