At 38th Street Dental, we use advanced, gentle techniques to provide efficient treatments that involve minimal discomfort. At the same time, we recognize that dental anxiety is a common problem, and can make routine dental care quite nerve-wracking. For that reason, Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch offer sedation dentistry at their Austin, TX, practice. Both nitrous oxide and oral sedation can be very effective if you struggle with anxiety. Sedation can also benefit you if you are going to have a more lengthy procedure. Before your treatment, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will determine the right type of sedation based on your anxiety level and specific treatment.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation?
Significant dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons that we administer sedation. If you suffer from this condition, you may feel intense dread even at the thought of going to the dentist. You could also experience a racing heartbeat, nausea, sweating, insomnia, and several other effects. Dental anxiety can arise for several reasons. In some cases, it is the result of past experiences with other dentists. It could also develop because of extreme dental sensitivity, claustrophobia, or several other factors. No matter the source of your anxiety, dental sedation can alleviate your fears.
With sedation, your treatment will be over before you know it, and you could have much less anxiety the next time you schedule a dental visit.
Other situations in which you may benefit from sedation include:
- You are going to have a more extensive procedure
- You have a strong gag reflex
- You have a back problem or other medical condition that makes sitting in a dental chair very uncomfortable
Types of Sedation
Nitrous oxide is one of the most common types of sedation. Typically, we recommend this option if you have low to moderate dental anxiety. Also known as “laughing gas,” this odorless gas will induce a deeply relaxed or even mildly euphoric feeling. Your arms and legs may also feel warm and tingly. You will inhale nitrous oxide through a mask, and you will feel its effects very quickly. Because it will also wear off rapidly, you can usually drive yourself home from your appointment.