If visiting the dentist makes you nervous, you are not alone. Anxiety keeps many people from going to their family dentist and getting the care they need. Sedation dentistry is a safe way to manage anxiety, nervousness, and increase comfort so you can relax during any cosmetic dental procedure.
With dental sedation, you can relax during your visit even if you experience one or more of the following:
- High fear of dental care
- Procedures requiring longer appointments
- More complicated dental procedures
- Uncomfortable dental experiences in the past
- Fear of needles and shots
- Trouble getting numb
- Sensitive teeth
The three most common types of sedation dentistry are:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- IV Sedation
When nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is inhaled, it helps your body relax while you remain totally conscious. Nitrous oxide is the most popular form of dental sedation that can be used during almost any procedure. Nitrous oxide has been used successfully and safely for many years by millions of people.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Through oral conscious sedation, you will experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. The doctor will provide you with a dental sedation prescription for an oral conscious sedation medication that is easy to swallow, safe and low cost.
Most adults will receive the oral conscious sedation medication Halcion (triazolam) that is taken before you arrive at the office for your scheduled dental procedure. When the oral conscious sedation medication takes effect, you will be able to speak and respond to requests while being very relaxed. Many patients request oral conscious sedation for lengthier procedures, such as implant dentistry. Oral conscious sedation patients make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
Some patients prefer IV sedation to be administered for more extensive procedures. IV sedation has the advantage of including various agents to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and manage consciousness and more during dental procedures. You will need to find transportation from your appointment when using this type of dental sedation.
Lewisville TX sedation dentistry dentist Dr. Natalie Goodman can help you choose the method of sedation, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation or IV sedation that is just right for you. The best part is, there is no reason to dread going to the dentist anymore. Sedation dentistry offers so many alternatives, most of our patients say that they actually enjoy coming for their dental visit!