Relaxation Techniques

Dr. John Raffel Provides Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety-Free Dentistry

Our office offers patients anxiety free dentistry by means of Conscious Sedation which includes ORAL SEDATION and NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION as well as Guided Imagery and Brainwave Modification thus ensuring that patients will be completely relaxed through their dental appointments.

Candidate for Sedation Dentistry and Relaxation Techniques Include patients with the following:

  • High levels of fear.
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences.
  • Difficulty getting numb.
  • Bad gag reflex.
  • Very sensitive teeth.
  • Limited time to complete their dental care.
  • Complex dental problems.
  • Hate needles and shots.
  • Hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care.
  • Are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation (a pill taken by mouth) is safe, convenient and economical. When administered by a qualified dentist such as our dentist Oral sedation can be more effective and deliver a deeper relaxation state than other forms of sedation. When you come for your free initial consultation, we will review your medical history and will determine if oral sedation is the best sedation option for you.

The Oral Sedation Procedure

The procedure is simple. When you arrive for your treatment you will be given an oral sedative which will put you into a relaxed and comfortable state. You will be awake but very drowsy. The time you spend in the dentists chair will feel like minutes. Before you know it the procedure is over and you will have little recollection of the entire experience.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation-Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide is one of the safest and the lightest forms of sedation available. It is non-allergenic and non-irritating. The gas also tends to reduce gag reflexes and saliva flow. Patients will feel totally relaxed during their treatment when sedated with nitrous oxide.

The Nitrous Oxide Sedation Procedure

A small mask will be placed over the patient’s nose and adjusted so that the patient is comfortable. At this time, the patient will be breathing 100% oxygen.

Once the patient is comfortable breathing oxygen, the dentist will gradually introduce nitrous oxide. Once the patient feels completely relaxed, the dentist will begin the procedure.

At the conclusion of the sedation dentistry treatment, the patient will once again receive 100% oxygen (for a minimum of three to five minutes). At the end of this time, the person should feel absolutely back to normal.

Brainwave Modification

We use a clinical system that calms the brain within minutes by bringing alert beta brain wave function down to the alpha range (first stage of sleep). It creates deep relaxation without using narcotics or controlled substances, causes no significant side effects, and requires no recuperative time or supervision.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of your dental health – we don’t charge for giving advice!