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No Need To Panic: We Offer Sedation Dentistry

From The Three Stooges to Seinfeld, dentists have been portrayed as masochistic mad men who love to inflict pain, either with bronze-age torture devices or outdated magazines. As far as St. Petersburg Dental Center is concerned, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, we’re so concerned with patient care and comfort that we offer sedation dentistry. If you experience anxiety or excessive pain during treatment, here are some options that just might put you at ease.

Local Anesthetic

This simple injection will numb your mouth and gums, allowing us to perform a number of treatments — including extractions — without you feeling a thing. You will be awake and aware during your procedure, which means that you will be able to drive yourself back home or to work and resume your day. Any residual numbness will wear off within a few hours.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. While you will be awake during your procedure, you will feel calm and pain-free. The effects of the gas will subside a few minutes after treatment, allowing you to take care of your own transportation.

IV Sedation

Administered intravenously, this type of sedation is ideal for those who experience anxiety during dental procedures. While you will be technically awake, it is not uncommon for those who undergo IV sedation to periodically drift off and awaken with no memory of the procedure. Unlike the other sedation options we offer, IV sedation will require a ride home.

If anxiety or fear of pain are keeping you from going to the dentist, you have nothing to fear! Not only do we provide outstanding, patient-centered dental care, we do so with sedation dentistry whenever necessary. If you’d like to experience what St. Petersburg Dental Care has to offer, contact our St. Petersburg or Clearwater location today. We look forward to seeing your smile.