Understanding Your Choices in Sedation Dentistry

Understanding Your Choices in Sedation Dentistry

Visiting the dentist triggers fear and panic for millions of Americans, but it doesn't have to. At Restora Dental Arts in Austin, TX, AnnMarie Olson, DDS, and Kacie Culotta, DMD, understand the very real issue of dental phobia. They also know that not treating dental problems and skipping routine checkups puts patients' health at great risk.

That’s why Restora Dental Arts offers a full menu of sedation dentistry options. Read on to learn about each and about Drs. Olson and Culotta’s commitment to ensuring every patient is comfortable.

The need for sedation dentistry

As much as 36% of the population fears the dentist, with 12% suffering reporting extreme fear. When pain keeps patients from getting timely care, the results can be more severe, painful, and expensive. 

Proof: Every year in the U.S., there are an estimated 2 million visits to hospital emergency departments for dental pain. 

Instead, read on to learn about the options Restora Dental Arts team offers to keep patients relaxed, regardless of the dental procedure.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous Oxide, also known as "laughing gas," is administered through a small mask placed over your nose. You'll experience a calming and euphoric sensation as you breathe in the gas. The best part about Nitrous Oxide is that it takes effect quickly and wears off rapidly after the procedure, allowing you to drive yourself home afterward. Nitrous oxide Can be used for both short and long procedures and is safe for patients of all ages.

Oral-conscious sedation 

Oral-Conscious Sedation involves taking prescribed medication in pill form before your dental appointment. This method induces a state of deep relaxation, making you feel drowsy and less aware of the procedure. Though you remain conscious, you feel like you're in a dream-like state. A designated driver is necessary since the medication takes time to wear off.

IV sedation 

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a sedative medication that is administered via an IV in a vein and into your bloodstream. This method allows for precise control of the sedation level, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure. IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation, and you may not remember the details of your treatment afterward. Like Oral-Conscious Sedation, you will need someone to drive you home. This method is often recommended for patients with severe dental anxiety or complex treatments.

Take control of your health. Contact Restora Dental Arts by phone or use our online feature to make an appointment at our office.

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