For many people, visiting the dentist is a frightening experience. We understand this, and we offer excellent sedation dentistry in Salem, Oregon as a solution. By utilizing sedation dentistry, our patients are able to have a relaxing, pain-free experience every time they visit our dental office. There are many types of sedation dentistry, and we will determine what type of sedation is right for you depending on the treatment you are receiving and your individual needs. In some cases, local anesthesia may still be necessary to numb the tooth and the surrounding gums and soft tissues.
The most common type of sedation dentistry at Riverfront Dental LLC is the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. You will slowly breathe in nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen to produce a euphoric, anxiety-free sensation throughout the entire body. Nitrous oxide works quickly; in less than five minutes, your fears and worries will melt away. There are no lingering side effects associated with nitrous oxide use, and you can even safely drive yourself home after your appointment. If you are worried about visiting our dentists, Dr. Howe and Dr. Dugan, please call our dental office today to learn more about sedation dentistry and how we can calm your fears.