Overcoming dental anxiety in Clarksburg, WV

Going to the dentist may seem like a chore to some people, but for those that suffer from dental phobias, it can be overwhelming. The team at All Smiles Dental in Clarksburg, WV, offers dental sedation for overcoming anxiety so patients can relax while they restore their oral health.

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Nitrous Oxide 

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a fast-acting medication that is easily reversed with oxygen. When administered by a healthcare provider, it is a safe and effective way to overcome your fear. Patients who breathe in laughing gas feel a gentle, sometimes euphoric relaxation while the dental team treats issues. We offer patients nitrous oxide for fillings and other procedures, or even for patients who need help relaxing during a routine cleaning, and it is suitable for children or adults with a fear of the dentist. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

For patients with extreme dental anxiety, sometimes nitrous oxide isn’t enough. All Smiles Dental is one of the few dental offices offering conscious oral sedation in the state of West Virginia.  Oral conscious sedation enables  patients to get the dental work they need while being relaxed and comfortable. Oral conscious sedation is administered with a pill, and it can take up to an hour for the effects to set in. Patients under oral conscious sedation are semi-awake , but the dream-like state removes uncomfortable anxiety. Most patients won’t remember their appointment, and they will need a ride home from the dentist. The effects of the medication typically last from 2-8 hours, and you will feel drowsy after your procedure.

Maintaining your oral health

If dental phobia is keeping you from the dentist, it can have drastic consequences for your teeth, gums and overall Health.  The longer you go without treatment, the more damage that pathogenic bacteria can do, and eventually, you may face painful infections or tooth loss. Sedation dentistry allows you to overcome your fear so you can treat issues before they get worse.   Contact All Smiles Dental in Clarksburg, WV, today at 304-623-9188 to learn more about how we can help.