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Leave Your Fear at Our Doorstep

Dental fear and anxiety can keep many patients from receiving the necessary dental care they need for healthy, beautiful smiles. If that sounds like you, put your mind at ease. You’ll have a comfortable experience here at White Smiles Family Dentistry. Our practice possesses a rare combination of positivity, comfortable amenities and minimally invasive dental technology that makes it easy to overcome your concerns. In fact, not only do we want you to receive the dental care you need, we also want you to enjoy your dental visit, thanks to our welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff! We offer sedation dentistry in Spring Lake Park, MN and Albertville, MN, customized to your unique level of dental fear to minimize your anxiety and worry. We also offer dental sedation to our patients who may wish to combine multiple treatments into one efficient appointment, minimizing the number of visits you have overall. Let our sedation dentistry put your fears to rest and not only change your relationship with dentistry, but ultimately your smile!

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Common Sedation Dentistry Services

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Oral Sedation

As the term implies, oral sedation is a prescribed medication taken orally. In some cases, it is to be taken an hour before treatment, and in others, upon arrival at the dentist’s office. Depending on the type of medication, as well as the potency of the prescription, patients may feel anything from a moderate decrease in anxiety to feeling so relaxed that they fall asleep in the chair! With this sedation, it may be necessary for a friend or family member to provide transportation home.

Nitrous Oxide

Sometimes called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gaseous medication inhaled through a nasal mask. Although patients likely won’t laugh, they often feel drowsy and relaxed throughout their treatment. With this sedation, patients will remain conscious, relaxed and responsive throughout their care. After treatment is done, the nitrous oxide is stopped, so only oxygen is breathed until the mask is removed. The effects will wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home.

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Life

If you feel anxious about the sights, sounds or smells of a dental visit, sedation dentistry may be the solution that keeps you in the dental office … and possibly, away from failing health, as well! What many of our patients don’t realize is that postponing or avoiding regular dental care can not only bring about more serious dental issues, it can actually cause tooth decay and gum disease, which can in turn cause tooth loss. If left unchecked, the bacteria present in gum disease can even spread throughout the body, possibly leading to such serious conditions as diabetes complications, high blood pressure and even cardiovascular disease!

We don’t think anyone should experience these side effects, which is why we encourage everyone with dental fear or anxiety to consider sedation dentistry in Albertville, MN and Spring Lake Park, MN. We also partner with multiple insurance companies and will help you file claims to ensure that your entire treatment process is painless. Don’t let your oral health challenge become a whole-body health challenge! Explore your sedation dentistry options with us at White Smiles Family Dentistry in Spring Lake Park, MN and Albertville, MN, and receive the life-changing (and possibly life-saving!) dental care you need, in absolute comfort.

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