At Dr. Ellis K. List’s dental practice, we understand that some patients suffer from dental anxiety. For these patients, going to the dentist is an intimidating, anxiety-filled experience. Our caring dentist and dental team want to make certain that each patient has a comfortable, stress-free experience at our office. To foster a more enjoyable dental experience, we are pleased to provide sedation dentistry in Durham, North Carolina. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedative medications to ensure your visit to our dental office is positive and pleasant. There are two main kinds of sedation dentistry available:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a gas you inhale during your treatment. This helps you feel calm and relaxed during your appointment. The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of the gas, and you will be able to safely drive yourself home. This option is currently not available in our office.
  • Oral sedation: Oral sedation involves taking a sedative medication in pill form one hour before your appointment. By the time you come to our practice, you will feel comfortable and at ease. With oral sedation, you will need a friend or family member available to drive you to and from your appointment and be here while you are being treated.

Dr. Ellis K. List will help you decide which form of sedation will be best for your specific needs. For more information about sedation dentistry, please call or visit us soon. We are dedicated to providing you with an enjoyable dental experience!