Dr. Austin uses dental sedation when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia or must undergo a procedure that could be uncomfortable. We are happy to offer several solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. One is Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or prescription of anti-anxiety medications. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients (who might otherwise avoid the dentist) to manage those fears so that they are able to receive the dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth and an attractive smile.
One common alternative is nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas”, which patients inhale a combination of nitrous and oxygen through a small, light mask over the nose. The patient breathes in the gas, which induces a state of relaxation. Dr. Austin administers local anesthetic in conjunction with nitrous oxide.