At Ainslie Street Dental in Cambridge, our dentists offer dental sedation options to make patients more comfortable during long procedures, and to calm anxious patients.
What is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation refers to a range of techniques used to make patients more comfortable while undergoing dental procedures. Our dentists can help you to determine whether dental sedation is right for you.
At Ainslie Street Dental, we do everything we can to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental appointments. As well as offering sedation options, we will work at your pace, take breaks when you need them, and provide calm reassurance whenever you need it.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is inhaled through the mouth and nose. The medication calms patients while allowing them to remain awake and able to communicate. It may also lessen anxiety, increase pain threshold, reduce gag reflex and help to make time pass more quickly.
Oral sedatives are pills or liquids prescribed for you by your dentist. The medication is taken orally in advance of a dental appointment so that you arrive feeling calm. These mediations leave you awake for the procedure, but produce a calming effect to significantly relax you.
IV sedatives produce the deepest level of sedation without general anesthesia and are administered directly into the blood-stream through the vein. You will be attached to a monitor so that your dentist can keep track of vital signs throughout the procedure.
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental procedure. Complex treatments can be completed in one appointment while you are asleep.