Sedation Dentistry and Dental Anxiety
Because sedation dentistry can help with dental fear and anxiety for our patients, we have several options to choose from. Dr. Higginbotham and his associates offer oral conscious sedation, digital nitrous, nitrous oxide, and even IV sedation for ultimate patient comfort.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation also known as conscious sedation will help any patient with dental anxiety and fear. This is sometimes the best of the sedation dentistry options because you will be awake, but carefree from all anxiety.
- If you need extensive dental work consider oral sedation as a comfortable solution that will allow you to receive multiple procedures in a single day.
- Patients who have problems getting numb from traditional agents also appreciate oral sedation.
- Dental phobia, a condition that keeps approximately 80 percent of Americans from visiting the dentist, is a very real and very scary problem. Dr. Higginbotham and his associates often suggest oral sedation for patients who feel anxious or stressed when faced with dental care.
Digital Nitrous with Virtual Reality Goggles
Overcome your dental anxiety with digital nitrous, also known as virtual reality goggles at our office. Opera VR is a tool proven as effective as nitrous oxide. It is a free anxiety reduction we offer that is drug-free and can be set up in under a minute. Now while getting your dental treatment you can be transported to the ocean, view city scenes, go on a scuba dive, and much more to keep your mind off of any dental fear or anxiety. Your mind can relax and any dental anxiety will be gone. Learn more here: https://youtu.be/-XVhTuvTLk4
Nitrous Oxide (Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and is inhaled with a small mask that fits over your nose that helps you relax. This type is also known as laughing gas. It can keep you comfortable during certain dental procedures. It is for both adults and children to make you feel relaxed and help make certain dental procedures easy and stress-free.
IV Sedation is often a solution for our patients with severe dental anxiety that do not want to be awake during dental procedures. Our dentists work with an oral surgeon in their office to sedate our patients with an IV. Once they have been put to sleep, the dentist will complete the dental procedures needed in one visit, so there is no fear or anxiety. The patient will wake up with all their dental work completed and not have to worry about other treatment appointments. However, this is the most costly sedation option. It is sometimes three to four times the cost of other sedation options, but we accept third-party payment plans through Care Credit.
Request An Appointment
Request an appointment online for an exam to discuss which sedation option is right for you. Whether you choose virtual goggles, gas, oral sedation, or IV sedation, you have a great dental experience. Don’t let your dental work fall to the wayside because of fear, scheduling, or numbing problems. Dr. Higginbotham and his associates will help you determine the best plan for your unique case.