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Sedation Dentistry

Are you avoiding the dentist because of anxiety or an inability to stay still? 

Sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fears and remain relaxed through treatment.

Ask about sedation options at 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, before your next dental care treatment.

Do You Suffer From Dental Anxiety?

The thought of visiting the dentist's office is enough to make some people fearful. They may avoid dental care for years, putting their oral health at risk. 

Dental anxiety is common among patients. Sedation dentistry at our dental Austin office can put patients at ease so they can undergo necessary dental treatments to preserve their teeth and gums. 

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Making Dentistry More Accessible 

In addition to dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help patients who have to undergo multiple dental procedures. Having a sensitive gag reflex or having sensitive teeth can make it difficult to sit still during your treatment. Patients with Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis may also have issues sitting still. 

Medication and other sedation options can help you remain still through multiple dental visits. 

What Sedation Can Do for You 

Comfortable Dental Care 

Our Austin dentists use gentle dental techniques to minimize pain. Depending on how intensive your treatment is, pain may be unavoidable. Sedation can make your dental procedures virtually pain-free. 

Improved Health

When it comes to your oral health, time is of the essence. Putting off dental services because of anxiety can be damaging to your oral health, resulting in tooth loss, gum disease, and dysfunction of the jaw joint.

Faster Treatment 

Sitting still is key to receiving quality dental services. The more you move, the longer it takes for our dentists to administer care. Laughing gas and other sedation dentistry options can make treatment times faster.  

Personalized Care

We can select your level of sedation based on any medical conditions or fears you have before your treatment. Nitrous oxide causes milder effects while oral sedation can create deeper levels of comfort.

Why Choose Us for Dental Services

Advanced Technology

Using digital X-rays and CT scanners, our dentists can create clear and precise images of your teeth and gums. Our technology helps to give us a comprehensive view of your health needs.

Patient-Focused Care

Educated patients have more tools to keep their oral health strong. Our Austin office takes the time to educate all patients on their dental care and how to take care of their health outside of the office. 

Continuing Education

Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David Tasch believe in keeping up with the latest dental techniques and dentistry innovations. Our dentists undergo continuing education in order to provide the best services possible.

Set Up a Visit with Dentists Who Care

If you need to see a dentist in Austin, TX, 38th Street Dental provides quality dentistry services in a stress-free setting. Our welcoming office and friendly staff can relieve dental phobias with gentle care and sedation dentistry. Request a consultation today.

Call (512) 458-6222

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I received fantastic care from the first contact by phone, and then from moment I walked in through the door until I left. Dr. Meek is fantastic as are all of the other staff!! I received wonderful care and attention throughout my visit. 5++stars

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Great visit at the dentist today. How often can most people say that? You can say that at 38th Street Dental often. The dental tech was. Dry professional and gave my teeth a great cleaning. I had a nice visit with Dr Meek who in my opinion is the best dentist I have ever seen. Highly recommend 38th Street Dental.

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Our Sedation Dentistry Options 

Patients have different needs, which is why our office can use two different methods to help you achieve a worry-free state.
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Oral Sedation

Sedation can be administered in pill form. The medication is usually taken before your dental appointment at our Austin, TX, office. Timed correctly, the medication will put you in a semiconscious state that feels dreamlike. You will be awake and able to respond to questions from our dentists. You will need to arrange a ride home as the side effects will last beyond your time at our office. 

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Nitrous Oxide

Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. This sedation option causes euphoric feelings, overcoming any discomfort or fears you may have at our dental office. While you rest in the dental chair, our doctors will safely and efficiently complete your treatment. Nitrous oxide has minimal side effects and wears off soon after removing the mask, allowing you to drive yourself home after your procedure. 

Choosing the Right Sedation Method for You

Selecting the right sedation option for you will depend on your overall health, the intensity of your dental phobia and anxiety, and the type of treatment you are receiving.

During your consultation, our dentists will review your medical history and any concerns you have before you receive treatment. Based on these factors, we can match you with the sedation that is best suited for you.

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The Cost of Dental Sedation

Nitrous oxide costs $85. We can discuss the cost of oral sedation as part of your consultation at our Austin practice.

Keep in mind that when it comes to sedation, most insurance plans do not cover it.

A Worthwhile Investment

Dental sedation is cost-effective and can be worth more than its value if you're able to undergo numerous dental treatments without interruption. Sedation can help you through immediate procedures that boost your oral health.

Putting off needed dental services will put your teeth and hums at great risk. Over time, you may have to pay for more costly dental treatments to restore your health.

Financing and Credit Cards


Our Austin, TX, dental office accepts CareCredit® financing. This allows patients to enjoy the benefits of sedation and other dental services before their oral issues become major problems. Costs are divided up into a series of affordable payments. Our office also accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

Central Texas Dentists Who Put Patient Comfort First


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I've been going to this dentist for over eight years and they have been very professional. They do a great job with cleaning and examining dental work that is needed.

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Hygienists was knowledgeable and thorough with my cleaning. Showed concern for my teeth and offered very insightful suggestion on how to improve brushing my teeth.

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The team at 38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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