3 Sedation Options To Help You Defeat Dental Anxiety

  • March 16, 2017

3 Sedation Options To Help You Defeat Dental Anxiety

You know that you should visit our Kansas City, MO dental office every six months like clockwork. But that can be difficult to manage when you have dental anxiety. Sometimes, it’s much more calming to just ignore things — even though you know that’s a bad idea.

Call us today at 816-399-5539 and schedule your next appointment to include sedation dentistry. With our help, you can get past your worries and get the dental care you need for a healthy mouth.

Why You Might Need Sedation Dentistry

Sometimes, knowing why you have some dental anxiety can help you beat it. Here are four common sources of dental anxiety.

– You had a bad experience as a child at a dental office.

Whatever happens to us as a child tends to have some lasting effects. You might have gone to another dental office many years ago and had a problem. Children can often find dental offices a bit scary because they’re full of strange people, noises, and machines. Even if you got past that, a smile mistake could ruin your experience.

That memory can keep popping up even if you don’t fully realize it. This is where sedation dentistry can help. By removing the anxiety, you start to build up positive memories of going to the dentist. Over time, this can help reduce your dental anxiety.

– It’s been a long time since your last visit and you don’t want a lecture.

If you’ve kept away from seeing a dentist, you might be worried about that. Not getting your teeth cleaned and examined for years can make you worried about how our team will react. Will anyone give you a lecture for not doing what you should be doing?

Rest assured, our dental team will never lecture you. Our only concern is to help your smile look great and be healthy for you. But if you are still concerned, sedation dentistry will help remove those feelings so you can finally get that dental visit done.

– A story you heard about a bad dental visit stuck in your mind.

Your dental anxiety might be caused by someone else’s problems. If you read a book, watched a video, or just overheard someone’s story about a bad dental experience, that can get stuck in your head. Even if you don’t actively think about it, such a story can give you dental anxiety.

That’s exactly what sedation dentistry was made for. By using our help to get relaxed and worry-free, you can get the dental care everyone needs to healthy, attractive smiles.

Sedation Options At Our Kansas City Dental Office

Dr. Stiver is highly trained in using sedation dentistry to beat your dental anxiety. Here are the three forms of sedation you can get.


This is the most common form of sedation dentistry. That’s because it’s very effective and quick to use. Here, you’ll wear a small mask over your nose so you can breathe in some nitrous oxide along with regular air. As soon as you start breathing it in, nitrous oxide takes effect.

You’ll feel more calm and relaxed. The effects will wear off almost immediately after you take off the mask. Most people just need some nitrous oxide to get past their dental anxiety, and our dentists are well-trained in using this.


This is a small pill you take about one hour before your appointment. It offers a deeper form of sedation, but you will likely stay awake and conscious throughout your dental treatment. It’s just that you’ll be very relaxed and stress-free during it. Because this is a deeper form of sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from our Kansas City, MO dental office.


This form of sedation dentistry is the strongest you can get, and not everyone is able to use it. An IV is put in your arm, and our dentists use their expert training to slowly introduce a strong sedative into your body. You might stay awake with IV sedation, but many people will fall asleep. IV sedation is normally reserved for long treatments like oral surgery.

Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next dental visit to include sedation dentistry. Many people have some level of dental anxiety, and thanks to our dentists’ training and expertise, you can get some help — and the dental care you deserve.

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