Thanksgiving is a time to kick back and relax with family; pain should be the last thing on your mind. If you have been struggling with dental pain but have been reluctant to make an appointment with Dr. Van Horn at Southern Smiles Dental PC, do yourself a favor and consider opting for sedation dentistry in Oklahoma City, OK. This is a special form of care that helps patients experience a more comfortable, relaxing appointment. We are pleased to offer sedation options to our patients who experience any degree of dental anxiety; this is a great way to access the care you need without all the stress.


Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?


Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of dental care; some people feel intimidated, anxious, worried, or fearful. If you struggle with any degree of dental anxiety, the idea of a worry-free dental appointment may seem far-fetched. This problem is surprisingly common and it affects more people than you might realize. Even people who do not experience pronounced fear or anxiety during a dentist’s appointment can benefit from the right sedation option. These are just some of the reasons that people opt for sedation during their appointment:


·         Bad gag reflex

·         Difficulty getting numb

·         Sensitive teeth

·         Complex dental problems

·         Limited time to correct all concerns

·         Pronounced fear of needles or of the dentist’s office

·         Past painful experiences with dental care


Types of Sedation


We offer three different sedation options: Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide is sometimes called laughing gas. This gas is combined with oxygen and administered to the patient through a breathing tube. Oral sedation makes use of relaxing medications; they take a little while to work, so the patient is allowed to relax until the sedative takes effect. Local anesthetic is an injected numbing agent that can also be used to relieve pain.


Your dentist in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Van Horn, can help determine which form of sedation is right for your needs. Contact us today onlineor call (405) 757-2122to speak with a team member to discuss your options.