How Sedation Dentistry Can Help Dental Anxiety Sufferers

If you experience anxiety and stress when you visit the dentist you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from extreme dental anxiety when coming in for routine or complex dental work. Instead of avoiding your visit and neglecting your teeth, let our office help. Dr. Michael Neeley has experience treating patients with anxiety and can offer you several different options in sedation dentistry. Instead of feeling on edge and stressed during your visit, you can feel relaxed and calm through the entire process.


For many of our procedures that involve drilling or other forms of intense dental work, we use a local numbing anesthetic, lidocaine. Lidocaine is injected in the area where the dentist will be working and it takes away all sensations of pain and feeling. That way, you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.

Anti-Anxiety Medication

Another option to help relieve stress during your visit is with an oral medication. Taking an anti-anxiety medication may help you feel more calm during your visit. It is essential to have a friend or family member accompany you to your visit with this method of sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is another choice for sedation. Simply inhale this colorless gas during your procedure and instantly feel more at ease. Once your nitrous oxide mask is removed the effects start to go away.

IV Sedation

Finally, there is IV sedation for more complex procedures. This type of anti-anxiety medication allows you to completely relax during any type of dental work. Dr. Neeley and his staff offer IV sedation services right in the office, allowing you to rest comfortably and calmly during any type of dental work.

Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. Then you can start feeling more comfortable at your next dentist visit instead of worrying about pain or stressing out about what will happen.