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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.

Dr. Matthew Church Providing Conscious Sedation Dentistry


New Patients: (317) 333-6788

Existing Patients: (317) 890-4455

Nitrous oxide

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

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Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


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Dr church and his staff are great,friendly and care about the work they do to keep our oral health in check. thanks you guys. will continue to visit in future for years to come.

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