Dynamite Smiles Dentistry
Natural, Confident Smiles

How do you manage dental pain and anxiety?

Over the years, Dr. Heday has developed specific techniques to help minimize any discomfort you might experience. Her gentle touch and practice methods are what people admire and remember most. She also uses leading-edge dental technology to improve treatment outcomes, enhance patient comfort, and reduce recovery times.

For some procedures, Dr. Heday also uses local anesthetics to numb the area in the mouth where she’s working, so patients don’t experience pain or discomfort. 

No Two Patients Are Alike

Every patient is different, so no two treatments are the same. We do not practice one-size-fits-all dentistry, and we customize each service to meet your specific needs. 

If you have dental anxiety and need extra help relaxing, oral sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) may be viable options. We also offer weighted blankets, neck pillows, and Bluetooth Bose headphones.

Before your treatment, Dr. Heday will determine if oral sedation or laughing gas will work for you. 

Our Sedation Dentistry Options

Oral sedation is used for pain control and anxiety relief, and dentists often prescribe it before a specific type of treatment. 

Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative. It’s inhaled through a nasal tube or soft mask, and the gas takes effect within a couple of minutes of breathing it in. Most patients feel dreamy and relaxed while using nitrous oxide, and the effects wear off within minutes of discontinuing use. 

Both oral sedation and nitrous oxide are examples of conscious sedation. This means patients are awake and can still communicate with the dentist if needed. However, many patients seem to simply enjoy the calming sensation sedation gives them, and they become comfortable and cooperative.

Contact us to learn more about our approach to gentle dentistry.

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