Patient Comfort in Tulsa
At Tulsa Dental Center, patient care and comfort is our priority. Our team not only genuinely cares about your level of comfort, but we are also equipped with premium pain management techniques designed to help even the most nervous patients feel comfortable throughout appointments and procedures.
We know that patient comfort begins before you even enter our office doors. From the moment you contact us, our goal is to help you feel informed and comfortable. Whether you’re calling with questions or to set up a consultation, we are committed to giving you a pleasant and enjoyable experience from the start.
Conscious Sedation – Adults Only
Conscious sedation is designed to reduce both anxiety and pain during a dental procedure. Utilizing a range of different medicines known as sedatives, conscious sedation helps you feel completely relaxed and free of pain.
While many patients remain partially conscious and able to respond to verbal instruction during treatment, most patients experience total freedom from anxiety while the sedative is in effect, and do not remember the procedure.
Conscious sedation can be helpful for patients who are nervous or anxious about having dental work done. Also called “sleep dentistry” or “sedation dentistry”, conscious sedation can be administered on a range of levels.
Should you choose to take advantage of sedation services, you will need to be sure to arrange for someone to bring you to and from your appointment. Conscious sedation can take a few hours to wear off and is therefore incompatible with driving.
Dental anxiety is common, and sedation dentistry is a popular option for patients known to experience this anxiety.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide (N20) is a mild sedative agent. Combined with oxygen, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose. Fast-acting, the sedative effects are typically felt within a few seconds.
Nitrous oxide works by slowing down your nervous system, making you feel at ease, comfortable, and calm. Unlikely to make you actually laugh, nitrous oxide may cause you to feel a bit light-headed.
The effects of nitrous oxide in dentistry are short-lasting. After breathing 100% oxygen for a brief period, all of the sedation’s effects should be diminished. Because the effects are not long-lasting and wear off quickly, this is the only form of dental sedation that allows patients to drive themselves home following treatment.
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