Here at Dever Dental we hope to change the way that you view your dental experience. We understand that you may come to us with a dental history that left you feeling fearful and hesitant to receive care. It gives us great pride to change that experience by showing compassion and understanding to your concerns. We are proud that many formerly fearful patients now tell us they can’t wait to return, as we have spent time listening to them and responding to their needs.
Initially for patients experiencing a great deal of anxiety relating to dental procedures, Dever Dental offers several options to assist in completing your dental work in a relaxed manner. Although we do still hope that you will feel safe with us in time and perhaps may not need these options forever!
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Also known as "laughing gas", nitrous oxide helps many patients to feel more relaxed during their required dental procedures. A small rubber covering is placed over the nose that is connected to a line for nitrous oxide and oxygen to be supplied for inhalation. The combination of these gases provide a relaxed feeling, and may lead to other side effects such as tingling in the hands & feet, a floating sensation and decreased sensitivity to pain or stimulus. While you are still awake for your dental care, you will tend to not be as concerned about it. Nitrous oxide is particularly helpful for small children during their first dental procedures involving local anesthesia or a "shot". It also helps adult patients feel more relaxed despite the noises and experiences of a dental office.
- Oral Sedation – Medicine for adults, such as Valium, can be given prior to a dental appointment. This medicine can induce a feeling of sleepiness and may allow a patient to become forgetful of what has occurred in the dental office, during the procedure. This type of sedation requires that the patient be escorted to and from their dental appointment by a designated driver and caregiver. Depending on the depth of sedation after a dental appointment, a patient may also require care at home.