Sedation Dentistry: Relaxing Dental Visits for Every Patient
Are you in desperate need of dental care, but too afraid to go to the dentist? You are not alone. Millions of Americans jeopardize their smiles and oral health because they dread visiting the dentist. For our patients who feel particularly nervous, anyone with a strong gag response, or those who wish to condense extensive dental work into as few visits as possible, we offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Gillespie can administer oral sedation, and we work with another dentist trained and licensed in IV sedation if needed.
After a review of your medical history, and a consult with your MD if necessary, Dr. Gillespie will determine the best type of sedation dentistry for you. Regardless of the sedation dentistry option we select, a team member will continuously monitor your vital signs throughout the treatment.
Sedation dentistry can include:
- Nitrous Oxide
A colorless, sweet-smelling gas, nitrous oxide dispels any anxiety patients may feel. You breathe in nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, through a mask that rests over your nose. Once we turn off the gas, its effects will begin fading immediately.
- Oral Sedation
For oral sedation, patients take a dose of an anti-anxiety medication about an hour before the appointment. With oral sedation, you can respond to any given commands or questions, but will not likely recall events while the drug is in effect.
- Oral Sedation Combined with Nitrous
To enhance your level of sedation, we can combine oral sedation and nitrous oxide. You will take the medication before you arrive. A team member will escort you to the treatment area, and we will begin administering the nitrous oxide gas at that time. You will feel no lingering impact from the nitrous oxide, but the medication will remain in your system for several hours.
- IV Sedation
IV sedation provides the deepest level of relaxation. In this case, the sedation medication is administered intravenously. Although patients aren’t completely “under” during the procedure, many people feel so groggy that they fall asleep. IV sedation allows patients with certain medical or behavioral conditions to successfully undergo comprehensive treatment. A companion will need to drive you to and from the dental office if you decide on any type of oral or IV sedation.
Call us at (512) 515-0171 with any questions or to schedule an appointment with Liberty Hill Dental.