Dental anxiety is a real and common concern for many patients and one of the leading reasons for poor dental health among adults today. Although there are a range of factors that can cause a fear of the dentist, in many cases it is the result of a bad experience in the dentist chair.

Novi family dentist Dr. Christopher Paulson understands the fear and anxiety that keeps many patients from maintaining their oral health. Arbor Dental Associates offers sedation options and relaxation techniques to help those suffering with dental anxiety feel calm and comfortable while receiving treatment, enabling them to restore a healthy smile.

Dr. Paulson and his staff take time to discuss the unique fears and concerns of each patient and explain the steps involved in their dental procedure. This can often reduce anxiety and help patients to feel more relaxed in the dentist chair.

Sedation Dentistry in Novi, MI

Dr. Paulson offers sedation options for patients who need or desire to feel completely relaxed during their procedure. This can be beneficial for patients needing several treatments to restore a healthy smile.

  • Oral sedation: administered in the form of a pill, oral sedation allows patients to be responsive and in control of their bodily functions while feeling completely relaxed. If you are receiving oral sedation you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure.
  • Nitrous oxide: also known as “laughing gas”, this type of sedation is an odorless gas delivered by a cannula placed directly on the nose. One of the key benefits when compared to IV sedation is that the effects are only felt when the cannula is in place- one removed, patients can resume their normal routine almost immediately.

Dr. Paulson will discuss the most suitable sedation options for you and your dental procedure prior to your treatment. In many cases, patients with complex dental problems can receive multiple treatments during one visit with the use of sedation.