Sedation Dentistry To Defeat Dental Anxiety

It’s hard to show up for your dental visits when you think it’s going to be bad. Dental anxiety can make your twice-yearly visits too much to bear. That’s why you need to call Northwest Dental Group today at 507-216-6252. Our dentists are highly skilled at using sedation dentistry to help you get the care you need while feeling comfortable.

Sedation Dentistry Options

Here are three sedations option you can get at our Rochester, MN dental office.


This is the most common form of dental sedation. That’s because it works fast, wears off quickly, and helps you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your treatment.

With nitrous oxide, you wear a small mask over your nose. As soon as you start breathing it in, the dental sedation begins to work. You’ll stay awake for the procedure so our dentists can talk to you during the appointment. Sometimes, you need to tell us how you’re feeling. When you take the mask off, the effects wear off quickly. That means you’ll be able to drive to and from your appointment.


This is slightly stronger than nitrous oxide. It’s a pill you take one hour before your visit. Because it’s a bit stronger, you will need someone to drive you to and from our Rochester, MN dental office. Oral sedation is perfect for people who have moderate to severe dental anxiety.

As with nitrous oxide, it induces a deeply relaxed feeling while keeping you conscious. Whatever was causing you anxiety simply won’t. You’ll sit back in our comfortable chair and feel good that you’re getting the much-needed dental work finally done.


This is the strongest level of sedation dentistry you can get. It works similar to sedation used in surgery. An IV is put in your arm, and a sedative is slowly introduced into your system. People who opt for IV sedation might fall asleep. It’s also not for everyone, but if you have a long treatment (such as getting a tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant) or have severe dental anxiety, this could be a game-changer.

Why You Might Have Dental Anxiety

What also can help defeat dental anxiety is knowing why you’re anxious in the first place. Such awareness can help you get through your appointments much easier. Here are some of the most common sources of dental anxiety.

A visit you made as a child did not go well.

Childhood memories are formative. What you experience as a child can have long-lasting effects, even if you don’t remember them clearly. That’s problematic for doctor and dentist visits. Their offices are often full of strange people, sights, and sounds. Even if you never had a bad visit as a child, you could still have a bad time.

That’s when you need to call us at 507-216-6252 for sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation can get you past those memories and even replace them with pleasant ones.

You heard a story about a bad experience that stuck with you.

Stories are powerful. If you’ve ever binged on a show or spent a lot of time reading a powerful novel, you can almost feel aftereffects of what you enjoyed. Some of those effects can linger for years. If you’ve enjoyed a story that included a bad dental visit, that could increase your anxiety even if you never had a single bad experience.

Call our Rochester, MN dental office today to get an appointment including sedation dentistry. You probably won’t forget those stories, but they certainly won’t bother you. Our team is highly trained to use dental sedation safely and effectively so you can get dental work done without anxiety.

It’s been too long since your last visit.

If you’ve missed going to a dentist for too long, you could have two problems. First, you might worry about getting lectured because your teeth aren’t clean. Second, you don’t know what problems might be waiting to be discovered — or how much that’s going to cost.

There are two ways to help solve this problem. The first is to keep going every six months for regular dental cleanings and dental exams. This helps keep your teeth healthy and spots any problems early enough to treat it more easily and less expensively. The second is to use dental sedation like nitrous oxide or oral sedation. Our dentist will help you feel relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.

Call us TODAY at 507-216-6252 or use our online form to schedule your next appointment to include sedation dentistry. Our team understands that it’s easy to feel anxious about dental visits. Instead of arguing why you should feel that way, we jump to how we can help.