Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

While no dentist can promise completely painless dentistry 100% of the time, we will take every ethical measure to ensure that your treatments are not uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will usually inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.  Dr. Hargrove uses topical anesthesia to reduce the discomfort of the injection.

Do you provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or conscious sedation dentistry?

The vast majority of dentistry can be performed comfortably without the need for anti-anxiety medications or sedation for most patients.  Dr. Hargrove is trained in the use of nitrous oxide, but does not currently provide this service.  Dr. Hargrove is not trained in conscious sedation and does not provide this service at this time.  In the event that a patient is prone to significant anxiety to dental visits, Dr. Hargrove can provide anti-anxiety medications (e.g. valium or similar medications) to assist with coping with the anxiety.  In the event a patient needs anti-anxiety medication, they need to be driven to and from the office by a friend or family member and will have to have signed their necessary consent for treatment forms prior to being medicated.

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