If you’re anxious before dental treatment, you’re keeping very good company.
A number of anxiety reducing strategies are used by Dr. Ryan Chiang and Dr. Norman Chiang, but sometimes the only option that fits is the use of sedative medications. Fortunately, a number of possibilities exist in modern dentistry for every aspect of your experience.
Not only can you choose your dentist, but together you can develop a strategy that helps you receive care from start to finish.
The option to use sedative medications is really a menu of choices, all customizable to your situation. And there should be no sense of shame or guilt if that’s what you need to complete your dental treatment. We’re here to help you move forward one step at a time.
Multiple medications are available to Dr. Ryan Chiang and Dr. Norman Chiang that can be used alone or in combination to reach the level of sedation you need. A breathable sedative like nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” might take the edge off your anxiety. Sometimes a single pill taken before your appointment may work better, mainly because it calms you prior to your visit as well as during it. But since we’re talking about a higher level of dental fear, there are strategies that combine the two sedation types that work even better. In some cases, a little medication taken the night before your treatment lends itself to a good night’s sleep. A morning appointment followed by the planned use of nitrous oxide or other medications can prove ideal to overcome higher levels of dental fear.
At Bellevue Dental Arts, we understand you may feel the only way any treatment will happen is if you’re “completely out.” We’ve heard that many times, and we can discuss levels of sedation and what can be expected with each choice. We’ll review your general health and your planned treatment, and even customize different amounts of sedation for different types of treatment. For example, a dental cleaning might be accomplished by one of our gentle hygienists with a little nitrous oxide. But if you need a surgical procedure, being completely asleep with one of our trusted oral surgeon colleagues might be best for you.