Dental phobia and anxiety is a common condition across the world. But the good news is, Dr. Latham offers painless, effective ways to alleviate your anxiety in the dental chair. Some of the options that you can choose from are:
- Nitrous oxide - This variety of sedation is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small hood that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," is one option Dr. Latham may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you asleep, and you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have during the procedure. Dr. Latham will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs, some patients have said their arms and legs felt heavier than usual too. Ultimately, you should feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed so you are able to drive home after your appointment is completed.
- Oral Sedation - This type of sedation comes in the form of a pill. At your sedation consultation, Dr. Latham will review your medical history and determine which type of oral sedation is best for you. While the use of oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses. This means that most patients cannot remember any of the sensations directly associated with the procedure, such as scents or noises. You will take your oral sedation medication 90 minutes prior to your appointment time and will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment. Driving for the rest of the day is strictly not permitted.
Whichever method or medication you chose, you can be confident that it is being administered professionally by Dr. Latham and our Myrtle Beach dental team. Before you are given any type of sedation, your medical history and current medications will be reviewed.
Talk with Dr. Latham today about the best sedation option for you.