Taking the Edge Off with Sedation

Sedation DentistrySome people aren’t scared of anything. Scary movies? No. Haunted houses? Don’t believe in them. Scary people? Haven’t met one.

But tell them they have a dentist appointment in the morning and now they’re petrified!

And, while we know everyone at Kalil & Kress is friendly and nice, we also know that some people are simply scared of the dentist. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry, to take the edge off for those patients.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry basically provides our anxious patients with a way to overcome their fear and uneasiness. It involves the use of medications to help patients relax during dental procedures.

What are the different medications used for sedation?

At Kalil & Kress, we offer different levels of sedation using either oral sedatives or nitrous oxide gas.

  • If the patient prefers to be minimally sedated with gas, nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is used. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and the patient inhales it through a mask placed over the nose. The gas wears off quickly and the patient usually can drive himself home following the procedure.
  • Oral sedation is the most common form of dental sedation and it can be minimal to moderate. The patient takes a pill usually about 30 minutes before the procedure. The pill makes the patient drowsy. We offer a few different sedatives, including benzodiazepine drugs such as Valium and Xanax.

The team at Kalil & Kress is expert in delivering the correct dosage for your medical history, desired level of sedation, and body weight.

There’s no need to miss dental appointments because of anxiety and fear. Call us at 603-880-7004 and ask us about our sedation dentistry options.


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