We want you to feel completely comfortable whenever you come to see us at Sandy Lake Dental & Orthodontics. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry. For patients who struggle with fear and anxiety, sedation dentistry can make any visit a relaxing and pleasant experience. Read on to learn about some of the ways we can help you relax during your next dental appointment.
Sedation with nitrous oxide is ideal for patients who are only a little nervous about visiting the dentist and are coming in just to have a standard checkup and cleaning. Commonly called “laughing gas” or “sweet air”, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a special mask that is placed on the nose, and it creates feelings of warmth, relaxation, and comfort throughout the entire body. Many patients even describe a gentle floating sensation. It wears off as quickly as it goes to work and allows you to resume your normal activities immediately after your visit.
With oral sedation, you will take a sedative prescribed by one of our doctors prior to your appointment. By the time you reach our office, you will be completely mentally and physically relaxed. You will still be conscious and able to follow your doctor’s commands while under oral sedation. Often, it allows us to complete more work in a single visit and leave you with little to no memory of your time with us. Most patients are back to their normal routines later that same day, though it is advised that someone close to you drive you to and from the office.
With IV sedation, we can help patients achieve a very deep level of relaxation. This form is recommended for patients with severe anxiety or those who need a lengthy, complex procedure. The sedative is sent directly into the bloodstream via a painless injection in the arm. It is extremely fast acting, and your doctor can easily adjust your sedation level throughout your treatment so you are comfortable the entire time. Most patients have little to no memory of their procedure after using IV sedation. Due to the strength of this method, expect to return to your normal activities the day following your appointment.
Sedation dentistry isn’t just for anxious patients. Anyone who wants to feel a deeper sense of peace during appointments or complete more work in fewer visits may benefit from it as well.
To learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment, call our Coppell dental office. Sandy Lake Dental & Orthodontics serves Lewisville, Irving, Flower Mound, Carrollton, Arlington, Frisco, and the surrounding areas with quality, personalized dental care.