Sedation Dentistry in Gulfport, Mississippi
Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients - who might otherwise avoid the dentist - to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.
Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas" is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.
Your dentist will use local anesthesia to prevent pain in a specific area while filling cavities, treating gum disease or preparing teeth for crowns. This will numb your mouth by blocking the nerves that transmit the pain. This is how it works, first a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area affected. The dentist will then inject the local anesthetic so that you don’t feel a thing.
Always discuss with your dentist what is the best option for you. For more information about sedation dentistry, please contact our Gulfport dentist office at 228-832-3231.