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Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you’re not alone. In fact, many people consider even a simple cleaning an arduous task. Sadly, some patients won’t visit the dentist until they experience an emergency such as infection or tooth decay. Waiting only leads to more problems and can ever affect overall health.

Luckily, if you suffer from dental anxiety, there is something you can do. While it may be difficult, we recommend speaking to our dentist about sedation dentistry. Depending on the severity of your anxiety—and the severity of your dental needs—Dr. Valerie Foster could recommend one of three types of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common forms of sedation, arguably because it’s safe for children and adults and because its effects wear off after only a few minutes. Similarly, administering nitrous oxide is simple—just breath normally through a mask that covers your nose.

A different sedation method is called oral sedation. If our dentist decides this method is best for you, you’ll be given a pill the night before your procedure. When you arrive at our practice the next morning, you’ll be given a second pill to help you fully relax. The downside to this option is that you won’t be able to drive home because the pills take some time to wear off. Similarly, IV sedation can be used to manage extreme cases.

With sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to treat your smile. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to give Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC a call at 503.649.7011. Dr. Valerie Foster and our team are excited to hear from you!