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Our Sedation Dentistry Services

Did you know that a majority of Americans suffer from feelings of anxiety, nervousness, or even fear when faced when an upcoming dental appointment? While our team at West Somerville Dental Associates is sympathetic to these issues, we also want to ensure that our patients are receiving the vital attention their smiles need to stay healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Thankfully, sedation dentistry offers us an excellent way to provide a safe and relaxing experience at our office.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a great sedation dentistry choice for patients who experience only mild feelings of dental anxiety. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is delivered through a mask that covers the nose, and it helps to elevate your mood, inducing feelings of warmth, contentment, well-being, and even euphoria in some cases. Best of all, once your procedure is completed, the effects wear off in a matter of minutes, meaning that you can return to work, run errands, and even drive with no consequences – perfect for the patient with a busy schedule!

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is perfect for patients who struggle with moderate to severe dental anxiety. Our office will provide you with a prescription; all you have to do is take the medicine at a predetermined period of time before your appointment and have a trusted friend or family member accompany you to your appointment. While oral sedation will not cause unconsciousness, it will help you reach a deep state of relaxation that dulls the senses and even causes partial to full amnesia, meaning that once you’ve recovered, you’ll remember very little about your dental care, which is an ideal outcome for many patients. You will need that same trusted friend or family member to take you home after your appointment and to keep an eye on you. By the next day, you should feel completely back to normal.

Contact West Somerville Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment! Your comfort and satisfaction are always our top priorities, and Dr. Marhama Alvi and her team do everything in their power to give you a dental care experience that’s truly exceptional. Located in Somerville, MA, we’re happy to also welcome patients from Everett, Medford, Malden, Chelsea, and beyond.