The idea of feeling truly comfortable in a dentist’s office sounds farfetched to some people – particularly those suffering from serious dental phobias or those who have trouble sitting still for any reason. At Long Family Dental, you can choose from one of several soothing sedation options that can make your fears and anxiety melt away. Different sedation options are suitable for different patients, and we’ll always personalize the treatment to meet your needs. From routine visits to lengthy procedures, there’s no end to the treatments that sedation dentistry in our Midlothian, TX dental office can help with.
You may have heard about nitrous oxide by its other name, “laughing gas.” It’s typically recommended for those who just need a little help to truly feel comfortable. You will inhale the sedative as an odorless gas mixed with oxygen through a small nasal mask. You’ll enjoy a warm feeling of serenity while under the effects of nitrous oxide. At the end of your visit, we’ll remove the mask, and within a few minutes you’ll be able to continue with your daily routine.
For mild to moderate dental phobia, oral conscious sedation may be required. You’ll be given a pill to take roughly an hour or so before your appointment. By the time the treatment begins, you’ll be so fully relaxed that time seems to pass by extremely quickly – so quickly, in fact, that you probably won’t clearly remember what actually happened during your treatment afterwards. Make sure that there’s someone you trust to drive you home; the effects usually take several hours to fully wear off.
IV sedation is reserved for the most extreme cases of dental fear as well as particularly complex procedures and visits where you will receive multiple treatments over the course of a single appointment. The sedative will be delivered straight into the bloodstream, thus quickly inducing an advanced state of relaxation. Unlike with oral conscious sedation, the level of IV sedation is something we have complete control over; we can increase and decrease the dosage based on your comfort level throughout the entire procedure.