Dental Sedation Can Save Your Smile

Even if you brush and floss diligently, it is unlikely that you have the skills, years of experience, and state of the art equipment to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as they need to be. That is why regular visits to Alabama Family Dental for cleanings and examinations is essential for maintaining your oral health.

However, it is not uncommon for many people to avoid trips to the dentist for various reasons, including fear, inconvenience, and an inability to to sit still for an extended amount of time. Avoiding trips to the dentist is not only unhealthy, it is totally unnecessary. At our office in Mobile, we offer dental sedation to make your dental visits more comfortable and worry free.

Inhaled Sedation

More commonly known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a low level form of dental sedation. During your procedure, you will breath a mixture of nitrous oxide through a small mask covering your nose. We can adjust the level of sedation by increasing or decreasing amount of nitrous oxide in the gas mixture. This means we tailor your level of dental sedation to your needs to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.

Inhaled sedation will not put you to sleep. You will be conscious and aware the whole time, so you will be able to communicate with us during the procedure. The sedation will simply put you into a deep state of relaxation, so that you can remain calm and comfortable while we work on your teeth.

The effects of nitrous oxide wear off almost immediately after removing the sedation mask, so you should have no problem driving yourself home.

Oral Sedation

For a higher level of sedation, nitrous oxide might not be even. For these situation, we offer oral sedation. For this type of sedation, you will take a prescription sedative pill a couple of hours before your scheduled procedure. This put you into a very deep state of relaxation, so much so that it will not be safe for your to drive, so you must arrange for a ride to and from our office in Mobile.

Oral sedation will not put you completely under. You will still be awake and somewhat alert, although there is a good chance you will remember very little about the procedure after the sedative wears off.

Dental Anxiety

One of the great benefits to dental sedation is that it will help you overcome any fear and anxiety you have about dental work. Dental fear is one of the most common fears in the world, it’s right up there with spiders and public speaking. This fear is often rooted in past experiences, or in misconceptions and misinformation about dentistry.

Unfortunately, dental fear often keeps people from visiting the dentist. Avoiding dental visits is not just bad for your teeth, it is bad for the health of your whole body. Missing teeth affects how you feel, as well as how you look.

Dental sedation will put your mind at ease and allow you to relax, so that you can receive quality dental care from Alabama Family Dental for the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve.


Being able to relax during a dental procedure is about more than overcoming fear. Sometimes you will become tense while having work done, even if you are not particular afraid of going to the dentist. Your neck and shoulder muscles might constrict, as you firmly grip the the armrests of your dental chair.

All this tension can wear you out. It can give you a dull headache, as well as sore muscles and exhaustion. These side effects may not be directly related to the dental work you had done, but they are a result we want to avoid, nonetheless.

Dental sedation will allow you to relax during your procedure, so that your muscles don’t constrict, causing unnecessary tension. There is no reason to have to be uncomfortable or nervous when dental sedation is available.

Multiple Procedures

Even if dental anxiety and tension are a problem for you, there is still a benefit to sedation dentistry. Sedation will allow you to remain still and calm for extended periods of time. This comes in handy when you need longer procedures. Some dental work that would normally be completed over multiple visits can be done in one visit, saving you time and money.

Make An Appointment

Inhaled and oral sedation have taken dentistry into a new era. You no longer need to be anxious about or inconvenienced by trips to the dentist. At Alabama Family Dental, we can provide quality dental care for your whole family, but only if you come and see us.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and examination.