Our first priority at Endres Dental Care in Burtonsville, MD is to always make sure you are comfortable and relaxed for your dental appointments. If you are afraid of the dentist, you’ve found the right place.
You don’t need to be ashamed of your dental anxiety or fears when you’re here. We understand because several of our own team members used to be afraid of the dentist due to bad experiences with other dentists. We offer several levels of sedation to help with any level of dental anxiety.
What is nitrous oxide or laughing gas?
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is the most minimal level of sedation offered. Laughing gas is simply the common name for nitrous oxide, an odorless gas that is inhaled. Nitrous oxide is a great way to be sedated for dental treatment because it has a very soothing effect to minimize any anxiety and the effects can be compared to a couple glasses of wine or your adult drink of choice. The best part of nitrous oxide is that as soon as you are finished with your appointment we turn off the gas, wait two minutes as you breathe in 100% oxygen, and he effects are completely gone so you can drive yourself home.
What types of anesthesia or sedation are used for dental work?
We always use local anesthesia, which is the numbing that keeps you from feeling anything uncomfortable during your dental treatment. Every one of our doctors always uses the same painless anesthesia technique, which is like magic for anyone afraid of shots.
For sedation, there is minimal (nitrous oxide), moderate (Valium, Triazolam, etc.), and deep sedation (IV) depending on how aware you are. General anesthesia is the deepest sedation and only performed by anesthesiologists because a machine needs to breathe for you. We are working towards certifications with the Maryland Board to allow an anesthesiologist to offer general anesthesia for our most fearful patients.
What type of sedation is best for my dental treatment?
Everyone has a different level of dental anxiety. At your first consultation, our caring doctor will listen to your fears and together the two of you can decide what is best. Most people have a very comfortable experience with solely nitrous oxide laughing gas. For anyone who has avoided dental treatment for many years due to fear or suffers from dental anxiety due to previous traumatic experiences, moderate sedation with a combination of safe oral medications such as Valium is extremely effective. We have not found the need to use IV sedation in our practice because our techniques with oral medications are so effective and we have found that many of our patients who are afraid of dental treatment are also afraid of needles, making an IV difficult for them.
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