Dental Sedation Options

Forest Smiles – The Best Dentist in Lynchburg, VA

The most effective way to help patients cope with discomfort is to give them an idea of what to expect ahead of time. A caring and concerned attitude can often go a long way in helping patience with dental anxiety. Dr. Claiborne goes out of his way to make dental visits smooth and quick with very low anxiety for patients. We use a high-strength topical gel that provides profound numbing of the gums where an injection will be administered so right from the start there is no pain.

Nitrous oxide gas, often referred to as laughing gas or sweet air, is an effective anesthetic that has many benefits for patients seeking dental treatment.Nitrous oxide is used in roughly one third of dental practices in the United States. The benefits of nitrous oxide are many, and the risks are few. The gas is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose, and the patient is instructed to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. We  find it especially useful for fearful patients as well as young children.

Oral Sedation Dental patients with generalized anxietybelonephobia (fear of needles and sharp instruments), prior dental trauma, or generalized fear of the dentist can take oral medication in order to reduce their anxieties.  This is usually taken in pill form an hour before the appointment

IV Sedation Is the Strongest Form of Sedation  Intravenous IV is a method of providing safe, effective pain and anxiety control. The dose and depth can easily be individualized to meet each patient’s specific needs. Because of its rapid effects and ease of reversal, many patients prefer this relaxation option for dental care.  Dr. Claiborne Usually administers this with the aid of a nurse.

We will always have your comfort as our highest priority.