Dental Sedation & Anesthesia

The West Lakes Dentistry team wants your experience to be as stress-free as can be. We’re here to listen to your concerns and take them into consideration when providing you with dental care. We understand what it’s like to experience anxiety. To help ensure you are comfortable during your visit, we offer several safe sedation and anesthesia options. Ask us about sedation dentistry to help you stay relaxed throughout your appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

A blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases, nitrous oxide is commonly used in sedation dentistry. You might be more familiar with it as “laughing gas”. When patients inhale nitrous oxide, it leads to a pleasant feeling of relaxation and well-being. This sedation is helpful for patients who are nervous about their dental treatment or who have a strong gag reflex that makes it difficult to receive dental care. Nitrous oxide also increases your pain threshold and can make anesthetic injections less painful.

  • Because of its very few side effects and risks, nitrous oxide is considered one of the safest anti-anxiety agents in dentistry.

  • After inhaling nitrous oxide, you will still be fully conscious.

  • The administration of nitrous oxide is comfortable and painless. You simply inhale the gas through a mask. This makes it a great option for patients with mental or physical disabilities.

  • You’ll feel the effects of the nitrous oxide almost immediately. Then after your treatment, you’ll breathe pure oxygen for a few minutes, which will completely reverse the effects.

Practically Painless Numbing

Did you know that most of the discomfort associated with numbing shots is actually caused by the rate of injection? At West Lakes Dentistry, we have years of experience administering dental anesthesia. We take our time and work to make the numbing process as painless as possible for our patients.