What Is Sedation Dentistry?Austin, TX
Many patients who have fears of the dentist or dental anxiety feel that they suffer alone. In reality, between 30 and 40 million Americans put off or cancel trips to the dentist as a result of dental phobia. Dental anxiety can stem from a negative experience in the past, a fear of numbing, or nervousness triggered by the sounds and smells in a dental office
With Sedation dentistry, we can help patients feel at ease during their dental appointments. Depending on the technique, medication will be provided to help calm patients, either by deeply relaxing them or temporarily putting them into a light sleep. With Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), oral-conscious sedation, and I.V. sedation, our patients have a wide range of anxiety-reducing options.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry has changed the way many people view going to the dentist. Having this option allows patients to relax during their visits, which helps our dentists provide high quality care in less time with fewer visits. Sedation dentistry solutions can offer patients the following benefits:
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What Are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?
Many of our patients feel sufficiently calmed when we administer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a great way for our patients to unwind during treatment while remaining awake. A small device is placed over the patient’s nose, and as they breathe in the nitrous oxide, they will gradually fade into a very relaxed state. The effects of this gas wear off quickly enough that patients can drive themselves home.
The next level of sedation is known as oral conscious sedation. Commonly referred to as “sedation dentistry”, this method involves the administration of prescription medications to our patients just before treatment. Oral conscious sedation enables our patients to reach a deeper state of sedation than is possible with nitrous oxide, allowing them to remain conscious yet anxiety-free. Patients often fall into a light sleep during oral conscious sedation, and able to undergo multiple treatments or procedures in one visit.
Sometimes, patients require more sedation to remain comfortable during treatment. We have excellent working relationships with local dental anesthesiologists who can administer I.V. sedation to ensure a worry-free experience.
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