At Pier 210 Dental, our staff understands that some people are anxious about dental care, and we want all of our patients to feel comfortable when receiving care in our office. That is why we offer dental treatment with the use of a mild sedative to help calm the nerves. If needed, we can provide you a medication which is taken an hour before your appointment to help calm the nerves and relax the mind. By the time that your treatment is ready to start, you will be feeling calm and ready to go. Responsiveness and consciousness will be maintained throughout the appointment, but you will experience reduced awareness of what is happening during your treatment, and often won’t remember any of it afterward. Once treatment is over, you will need a driver for transport home, and it will take a few hours for the medication to wear off and for you to regain full consciousness. This is not the same as general anesthesia, or being put completely “out” as one would be for surgery, but is very effective for patients with high anxiety. For those who are less anxious, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, as well.