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If you often become nervous before dental treatment, we encourage you to ask Dr. John McAllister about sedation dentistry in Hickory, North Carolina. Our dentist and team are committed to helping you feel calm in relaxed and the dental chair. Sedation dentistry is also used for complex treatments including our oral surgery services. Dr. John McAllister will happily discuss your sedation options with you.

Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, which is commonly known as “laughing gas,” is an excellent choice for decreasing nervousness. Nitrous oxide is very safe and will not put you to sleep. A small mask will be placed over your mouth and nose, through which the nitrous oxide will be inhaled. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you should be able to drive yourself home after your visit.

Oral Sedation
Oral sedation uses a pill that is taken by mouth about an hour before your visit. Oral sedation will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. The dosage given will be based on your needs and our dentist’s recommendation. Some patients become drowsy enough that they drift off during treatment, but they can be awakened with a gentle shake.

We invite you to contact McAllister Dentistry today to learn more about our sedation options and to schedule a visit with our dentist.