Sedation For Dental Anxiety

If you’re here reading this, then you just might be one of the many people who suffer from dental anxiety. Don’t fret though, because many others feel the same way you do. The thought of somebody prodding around inside your mouth with sharp objects probably isn’t going to be on your must-do list, and we understand that. Whether you just get a little anxious or you’re paralyzed with fear just by the thought of the chair, we can help you through it.

Dr. Yei and the team at Prestige Dental know all about dental sedation techniques. If you need work but are avoiding it let us know and we can consult you on your options. Take comfort in the fact you will be monitored, safe, and have an anxiety-free visit.

Nitrous Oxide (N20)

Commonly known as laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide is a very effective way of taking your mind off of the operation and getting you over that hurdle. The nitrous oxide is used in conjunction with pure oxygen and administered through a face mask that remains in place during your procedure. 

The upsides to laughing gas are that it is mild, so you won’t suffer any sort of memory lapses, and the effects wear off very quickly once the mask is removed. On the other side of that coin, however, you will be conscious. While most people will be relaxed enough with this method, some individuals may require a more aggressive approach.

Oral Sedation

If you think that gas alone might not be enough to get you through your visit, we can discuss your options for an oral sedative. Dr. Yei will consult with you on your medical history and find a medication that will safely reduce your levels of anxiety. There are many options for oral sedation, but they are all classified as anti-anxiety medications. 

These options are all much more potent than the laughing gas, to the point that they can reduce your memory of the procedure. The oral sedatives can also be used in tandem with nitrous oxide to provide further relaxation. This makes this option incredibly effective at settling even the most severe cases, there are downsides.

Oral sedation takes time to take effect, so it must be taken ahead of your procedure for you to experience the benefits. And unlike gas which effects wear off soon after your mask is removed medication taken orally needs to metabolize before the effects begin to wear off. You will likely feel the effects of the sedative for some time after your procedure. Due to the powerful effects of the medication, you will need to have someone trusted provide transportation to and from our office. 


No matter the reason for your visit, we strive to provide the best care in a comfortable environment. Experience dental care without judgment, and let us lend our expertise in helping you find a course of action that you’re comfortable with. Take the first step towards an enviously perfect smile today.