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If you feel nervous about dental treatment, we invite you to share your concerns with us during your one-on-one consultation. Our team at Fox Chapel Family Dental is committed to doing whatever we can to make dental visits as easy and stress-free as possible. We even offer safe and relaxing sedation options that can help you get the treatment you need at a pace that makes you feel comfortable.

Let's discuss the best option with you!

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is one of the most commonly used anti-anxiety agents in the dental field. When inhaled, nitrous oxide creates a sense of well-being and relaxation while still leaving you fully conscious. Administering nitrous oxide requires only a mask over the nose, making it an excellent option for both adults and children.

Conscious Oral Sedation

 For many patients, conscious sedation is the easiest way to make dental visits more efficient and less stressful. Prior to your visit, your dentist can provide a carefully-prescribed medication that will completely relax you and allow you to rest throughout your treatment. You will still be conscious and able to communicate with our team, but you will likely have very little memory of the experience. For your safety, a responsible party must escort you to and from your conscious sedation appointment.

IV Sedation

IV sedation provides the deepest state of relaxation without requiring you to be completely asleep. We can perform almost any treatment you need with IV sedation, from crowns and fillings to deep cleanings, extractions and wisdom teeth removal. Recovery usually takes about 30 minutes, but you will continue to feel drowsy. For this reason, a responsible party must escort you to and from your appointment.

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