Sedation Dentistry to Relieve Anxiety and Stress

Couple smiling at the camera at home in living roomWe offer sedation dentistry at our practice in The Colony for patients with dental anxiety, or who are undergoing extensive procedures. With a variety of sedation options available, our dentist can help you choose the one that helps you achieve comfort and relaxation. To learn more about our sedation dentistry therapies, or to schedule your appointment, contact us today.

Why Use Dental Sedation?

Dental phobia is a relatively common condition among patients of all ages. Modern dentistry is extremely safe, and there are many advanced measures taken within our practice to ensure patient comfort. If a patient understands this, but still feels anxious, we are ready to help.

Sedation dentistry can help you relax so you can receive the treatment you need. Sedation is also a good choice if you are undergoing a lengthy procedure, such as dental implant placement. Although our dentist use local anesthesia and precise surgical techniques to minimize discomfort, anxious or especially sensitive patients can feel much more comfortable with sedation. Your comfort is important to us, you should feel free to openly discuss any concerns you have regarding your dental treatment.

Sedation Options

At Main Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask worn over your mouth and nose. As you breathe in this clear, odorless gas, you will feel significantly calmer and more relaxed. The gas may induce feelings of giddiness or euphoria, giving it its colloquial name: “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, and you can typically drive yourself home following treatment.

Oral conscious sedation uses prescription anxiety medication to help you relax. This method can help you to achieve “twilight sleep.” You will be sedated, but still able to answer questions. You will take the medication at home before your appointment, so you will need to find someone who can drive you to and from the office. Under oral sedation, you will likely remember little, if anything, of your treatment when the medication wears off.

IV sedation has similar effects to oral conscious sedation, but a certified anesthesiologist or nurse can adjust the level of sedation during treatment. As with oral conscious sedation, you will need to have a friend or loved one drive you home following treatment.

Which Type of Sedation Should I Choose?

The type of sedation you choose is a personal decision, and our dentist will be happy to help you select the option that best suits your needs. In general, we will recommend the most conservative option possible to help you achieve relaxation during treatment.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

Thanks to our effective sedation choices, you can expect to be calm and relaxed throughout any dental treatment administered at our office. Whether you fight anxiety every time you enter a dental office, or you have been putting off treatment for years because of anxiety, we can help you. Contact Main Dentistry today to schedule your appointment

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