If you often become anxious before dental treatment, we encourage you to ask Dr. Akram E. Rafla about sedation dentistry in Worcester and Marlborough, Massachusetts. Our periodontist and team are committed to helping you feel calm and relaxed in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry is also used for complex treatments including our oral surgery services. Dr. Akram E. Rafla will happily discuss your sedation options with you.
Nitrous oxide, which is commonly known as “laughing gas,” is an excellent choice for decreasing nervousness and increasing comfort. Nitrous oxide is very safe and will not put you to sleep. A small mask will be placed over your mouth and nose, through which the nitrous oxide will be inhaled. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you should be able to drive yourself home after your visit.
Oral sedation uses a pill that is taken by mouth about an hour before your appointment. Oral sedation will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. The dosage given will be based on your needs and our periodontist’s recommendation. Some patients become drowsy enough that they drift off during treatment, but they can be awakened with a gentle shake.
IV sedation involves a sedative being injected into a vein. With this technique, Dr. Akram E. Rafla can provide a deeper level of sedation. You will be awake, but less aware of the procedure. IV sedation requires recovery time after you leave the office.
We welcome you to contact our office today to learn more about our sedation options and to schedule a visit with our periodontist.