Many people in Walnut Creek suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, and this problem is more common than you may realize. Dr. Mark Wong and his team understand the importance of comfort when receiving dental care, and we have solutions that will help you feel relaxed and safe as you have your dental procedures done.
With sedation dentistry, your dental procedures can be painless and stress-free.
Oral surgeons and dentists use safe sedation to help patients overcome dental anxiety and experience less pain and stress. Many people commonly avoid dental procedures because of dental fear and knowing that there are options to make this better can ensure that patients can get the care they need.
Oral sedation and nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) are the two most popular options for dental anxiety.
Although it’s known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide doesn’t actually make you laugh. Instead, you’ll enter a relaxed state as you breathe deeply through a small nasal mask. When you’re relaxed, your dental care team will perform your procedure.
As soon as your procedure is over and the mask is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide will quickly diminish. Patients can drive themselves home as soon as the effects of the gas are gone.
With oral sedation, patients take a pill orally before their procedures. The dental team will tell you when to take the pill, and after you take it, you’ll enter a calming state before your dental procedures. This form of sedation is called “conscious sedation” because you remain awake at all times and can respond to questions.
If you receive oral sedation, you’ll be drowsy afterward, so you’ll need someone with you so that you don’t have to drive home.
Sedation dentistry is surprisingly affordable, and in some cases, sedation may be covered by your dental insurance. If you’re looking for a dentist for dental anxiety, Dr. Mark Wong and the team at Mark A. Wong, DDS Family Dentistry, in Walnut Creek, California, are here to meet your needs with excellent oral health care. Call us at (925) 678-5600 or request an appointment online today.