Some patients get stressed about going to the dentist and sedation dentistry relaxes them so their visit is more comfortable.
Another sedative used for reducing anxiety in dentistry is Nitrous Oxide, also known as "laughing gas" for its euphoric effects. A patient administered the gas are awake during their procedure and can drive when done.
One of the greatest time saving improvements in dentistry is the Digital X-ray . Patients can arrive for a dental hygiene appointment, have X-rays taken and reviewed by the dentist within the hour. Digital X-rays also use less radiation to produce an image of similar quality to traditional photographic film.