Have you skipped out on seeing the dentist for years because you’re nervous about pain, drilling, or just general discomfort? Dental anxiety is something many patients suffer from and missed cleanings can lead to the need for more extensive and invasive work down the road.

At River Rock Dental, we want you to feel comfortable and at ease while visiting us and we want to make sure your teeth are well taken care of. That’s why we offer an array of relaxing sedation options for patients, ranging from gentle laughing gas to IV sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Often called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is safe for patients of all ages with mild dental anxiety. Administered through a mask over the nose, it causes calm and relaxed feelings while leaving patients fully conscious throughout their procedure. The effects are easily reversed once the treatment is over. Nitrous oxide increases your pain threshold, making treatments more comfortable.

While most patients don’t feel much discomfort or after effects from their sedation, you might feel somewhat wobbly or off-balance directly after your treatment as the medication wears off. We’ll send you home with simple, helpful directions for the rest of your day. We highly recommend that you plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment if you will be undergoing sedation.

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