Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation dentistry ease patient anxiety in Indianapolis
The history of dental care dates back to 5000 BC. Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about various aspects of dentistry. Over the centuries, forms of sedation for dental procedures included alcohol, hemp, cold compresses, pressure, hypnotism, and ether. The first use of nitrous oxide is recorded in 1773.
Some patients experience stress related to dental care. The condition may range from mild anxiety to dental phobia. Patients who are severely fearful of visiting the dentist may go to extremes to avoid dental care, even routine cleaning and examination appointments.
The lack of appropriate dental care can have negative consequences, including tooth decay, gum disease, and other health conditions. It is recommended that individuals visit the dentist twice a year. During these regular visits, Dr. Matthew Church and our dental professionals not only provide cleaning but also identify changes that may have occurred since the last visit. Oral health screening can detect problems that may be developing, including changes in the patient’s overall health and wellness.
Our team at Washington Street Dentistry, serving patients from Cumberland, New Palestine, Lawrence, Anderson, Greenfield, and surrounding Indianapolis communities, is committed to helping our patients feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed. For Indianapolis area patients who become anxious about dentistry, we offer two forms of safe and effective sedation – nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
Typically known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is delivered by mask during a dental procedure. When inhaled, the gas produces a sensation of happiness and relaxation. The effects of nitrous oxide end when the patient stops inhaling the gas.
Oral conscious sedation
As the name implies, the patient takes a prescription medication in pill form. The patient is able to remain conscious and communicative, although he or she experiences relaxation and some drowsiness. Oral conscious sedation dims anxiety and lessens emotional and physical stress.
Dr. Matthew Church and our dental team at Washington Street Dentistry provide a welcoming and friendly environment. We are committed to making our patients feel at ease. We offer convenient appointment hours and dental care for the whole family, including pediatric, general, preventive, emergency, surgical, cosmetic, reconstructive, and sedation dentistry.
Appointments may be scheduled online or by calling (317) 333-6788