Rest assured, we will get you really numb for your procedure. And if you need more anesthetic during the procedure, then we can give you more! Some people might be resistant to the local anesthetic if the toothache has existed for an extended period of time. If you happen to be one of these people, then we will work with you. We believe that root canal treatment should be virtually painless!
LAUGHING GAS (nitrous oxide)
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is extremely popular for alleviating anxiety in dental treatment. When you use laughing gas you often feel lightheaded, tingly, and relaxed. Some people will become giggly while using laughing gas, while others will feel drowsy. No matter the effect, we find that most people find laughing gas a very nice sedative for mild to moderate dental anxiety. We can use laughing gas for most, but not all procedures. You may drive home and/or return to work if you elect to have laughing gas during your endodontic procedure. ($50-$80)
SLEEPY MEDICINE (oral sedation)
If laughing gas is not a strong enough anxiolytic, or if you have a tendency to feel claustrophobic, then oral sedation may be a better option for you. We will give you a cocktail of medications (pills) an hour and half before your scheduled procedure. You will be very relaxed and drift in and out of sleep during the procedure. We do not want you to be completely "out" while using oral sedation. Reason being, we need for you to be able to communicate and cooperate with us during your procedure. While you are conscious, but relaxed during the procedure, you will often remember very little. You must arrange a ride home after treatment with a person you know, not Uber, Lyft, or a taxi. ($150-$300)
Some people are so terrified of dental treatment and do not care to be conscious whatsoever during the procedure. This is not at all unusual! Fortunately, we work with a handful of reputable anesthesiologists that come to the office to sedate you with IV medications for the procedure. If this is the best option for you, we will coordinate the anesthesiologist with your scheduled appointment. You must arrange a ride home after treatment with a person you know, not Uber, Lyft, or a taxi. ($1000-$2000 paid directly to the anesthesiologist)