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Relieving Dental Anxiety

Do you get anxious just thinking about seeing a dentist? Experience stress-free dentistry when you come to Rio Rancho Dental Associates! Dr. Shepherd has undergone thorough training and has nearly a decade of experience in administering dental sedation to relieve your dental anxiety and improve your overall visit. Most treatments can be virtually pain-free. And, from the moment you walk through the door, our entire team is aimed at helping you feel confortable, because we get it!

Sedation Options

Because every patient’s dental anxiety is unique, we give you choices when it comes to relieving your stress:

  • Inhaled sedation is a gas mixed with oxygen that you inhale through a small mask. We can administer this form of sedation to most patients, including children. Just inhale and your worries will melt away as you drift into a dream-like state.
  • Oral conscious dental sedation is administered in the form of a prescription pill that you take at a predetermined time before your office visit. You’ll arrive fully relaxed and will only have a foggy memory of your treatment.
  • IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation we offer. You will stay conscious so we can communicate with you, but most patients don’t remember a thing!

For your safety and comfort, we carefully monitor your level of dental sedation during treatment. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your visit.

Caring Team, Calming Environment, Comfort Options

When you arrive, our friendly team members will listen intently to your concerns to better address your dental anxiety. We’ll do all we can to put you at ease! Our beautiful office is designed for your comfort and most of our care rooms feature a view of our serene courtyard and fountain. But if you’d prefer complete solitude, we can accommodate that as well.
Some people avoid seeing a dentist, even when they need dental care, because they fear feeling judged about their oral health. But here at Rio Rancho Dental Associates, our office is a guilt-free zone with compassionate staff who will never make you feel judged. So don’t put off your dental visit any longer. Let us help you reimagine what dental care can look like!

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We want you to feel right at home, so we offer warm blankets, comfy pillows and headphones to use during your visit. As you leave, don’t forget to grab a fresh-baked cookie!
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2200 Grande Blvd SE Suite A,
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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