Sedation Dentistry in Harker Heights
Dental anxiety is one of the most commonly cited reasons patients avoid the dentist, but at Market Heights Family Dental, we work hard to ensure every patient is comfortable and right at home from the moment they arrive. We take time to greet every patient, answer questions, and make sure we get them back to the treatment room as soon as possible. Though we work hard to keep patients comfortable, we know there are some who need extra help becoming numb during treatment, relieving stress related to dental visits, and who have cognitive or physical impairments that make dentistry services unsafe or uncomfortable. For these patients and many others, we’re happy to offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Feel free to discuss your dental sedation options as part of your next appointment or contact our team to find out more anytime. We’re always happy to help.
Nitrous oxide is one of the longest used sedative methods available, and is commonly referred to as laughing gas because of the euphoric state patients experience under its influence. Because the effects of nitrous oxide are fast acting and wear off quickly, patients who choose nitrous oxide sedation do not need to worry about having a friend or family member drive them to or from our office. Most patients are able to resume all daily activities within a half hour of using nitrous oxide including driving. Because nitrous oxide is administered completely under observation by your dentist, it is one of the safest solutions. Patients inhale nitrous oxide through a nasal mask during treatment, and dentists can raise or lower dosage according to patients’ need throughout treatment for optimal comfort and relaxation. Nitrous is often indicated for those who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone, have mild dental anxiety, or who need a more invasive procedure such as a filling on a back tooth.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Unlike nitrous oxide, the effects of oral conscious sedation begin before patients ever arrive at our office and may last for 12 or more hours after they first took the medication. For this reason, those patients who choose to utilize oral conscious sedation will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive them to and from our office and should plan to rest following treatment. For patients who decide oral conscious sedation is the right option, the dentist takes time to review dental and medical history to help patients ensure they are likely to respond well to oral conscious sedation. If so, we prescribe a sedative medication and determine when patients should take the pill prior to their appointment. By the time patients arrive at our office, the sedative has typically taken effect, and will keep patients relaxed and free from pain through numerous or complex cases. For these reasons, we often recommend oral conscious sedation for:
- Moderate to several dental anxiety (become relaxed before ever leaving home)
- Those requiring numerous procedures and would like to complete them in fewer office visits
- Invasive procedures that may be uncomfortable without additional relaxation
- Patients with physical or cognitive impairments that make treatment without sedation painful or unsafe
Talk to our team about oral conscious sedation at your next appointment, or contact us anytime with questions or concerns.