We understand that many people have some form of fear or anxiety when thinking about dental treatment. At Harlow Dental, we pride ourselves on making our procedures comfortable and pain-free. Ask Dr. Harlow about nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) and anti-anxiety oral pills that help create the relaxed environment so Dr. Harlow can treat your dental needs. Depending on your medical history, if you've had bad experiences that make you nervous at the dentist, oral sedation dentistry may be right for you!
Both of these methods of sedation are perfectly safe. Nitrous oxide is breathed in through a mask, much like oxygen. Its effects are felt immediately, putting you in a relaxed, almost euphoric state throughout your treatment. Once the mask is pulled off, the effects of the nitrous leave your system very quickly. You will feel completely normal in just a few moments, and you are fine to drive yourself back home or to work.
If you opt for oral sedation, we will give you a prescription for a pill to take an hour or two before your appointment. By the time you get into the dental chair, you will be relaxed and much less anxious. Because this type of medication lingers in your system, you will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment.