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Sedation Dentistry

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

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

Dental anxiety is very common, and nothing to be ashamed of. If you feel anxious visiting the dentist, receiving sedation during your next visit to our dental office in Austin, TX, can make all the difference. We offer calming sedatives to put you at ease so you can undergo important dental treatments that preserve your teeth and gums. 

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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, some amount of discomfort may be unavoidable. Sedation can make your dentistry experience 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 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 Your Dentistry?

Modern 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 practice takes the time to educate all patients on their dental care and how to maintain their health outside of the office. 

Continuing Education

Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David Tasch keep up with the latest dental techniques and dentistry innovations. They 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. To request a consultation, contact us online or:

Call (512) 458-6222

Helping Austin Smile  One Visit at a Time 


Ashley Bush

Austin, TX


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I was recommended this office by a coworker. I was so nervous because I don’t like the dentist and I had not had a cleaning in a while. From the front office staff to the hygienists to my dentist I felt a very warm welcome! Regina gave me the best cleaning I’ve ever had! The whole experience was pain free and all of my questions were answered. If you have dentist anxiety this is the place for you, trust me! :)

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Gwen Phone

Austin, TX


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38th Street Dental is the best! Dr. Meek and staff always make you feel welcome. They don't treat you like the typical no-name patient; they treat you like one of their own and make you feel special! They have state of the art equipment which makes treatment plans spot-on and more efficient and effective. I highly recommend 38th Street Dental. I only wish I had found them when I moved into Austin years ago. Great Job Dr. Meek and Team! Thank You!

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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. When timed correctly, the sedative 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. 

Who Is Sedation Dentistry For?

There are a wide variety of reasons why a patient may benefit from a sedative during their dental care. Our dentists regularly provide sedation to those who:

  • Have dental anxiety
  • Are undergoing multiple procedures
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Have trouble sitting still
  • Have special needs

No matter your reason for considering sedation, we will be happy to provide it. Just let us know that you'd like to include it as part of your next appointment. We would also love to hear if there are any other ways we can make your experience more comfortable and positive.

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 anxiety, and the type of treatment you are receiving.

During your consultation, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch 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 sedation at 38th Street Dental costs $85. We can discuss the cost of oral sedation as part of your consultation at our Austin practice.

Keep in mind that most dental insurance plans do not cover sedation.

A Worthwhile Investment

Dental sedation is cost-effective and can be worth more than its value if it allows you to undergo numerous dental treatments without interruption. Sedation also can help you through emergency procedures that protect your oral and overall health.

Putting off needed dental services will put your teeth and gums 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


Tomas Rodriguez

Austin, TX


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Just a wonderful place. Dental care usually scares me but 38th Street Dental is a nice and friendly place with staff that works hard in being open and honest about dental care. They are upfront about the cost and try to work with you. I highly recommend them.

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Michael Casamassa

Austin, TX


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Great experience from start to finish. First time visiting the dentist since the pandemic and I selected the right office. Nice use of technology to make the appointment convenient and wonderful people every step of the patient journey.

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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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