Sedation Dentistry

Cross Timbers Dental

Sedation Dentistry Services

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you nervous or apprehensive? At Cross Timbers Dental, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry services to ensure you feel comfortable and safe during your appointment. We provide services such as nitrous oxide (otherwise known as “laughing gas”), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. We understand that a lot of people are nervous about going to the dentist, so don’t be afraid to reach out and give us a call.  We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have so that we can make your experience at Cross Timbers Dental comfortable.

Sedation Dentistry Information

Sedation

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you a little apprehensive?  Or perhaps, quite a bit apprehensive? Would you rather try to "tough it out" with a tooth ache than step foot in a dental office? If so, you're not alone. A lot of people are phobic about going to the dentist that they'd prefer to just ignore their health and hope for the best.  But, as we all know, problems, especially dental problems, just don't go away on their own. Thankfully, sedation dentistry has been the answer for many of our patients.

So, what is sedation dentistry?

Well, it's the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.  Now there are different levels of sedation.  Let's go over those right now.

 

Nitrous Oxide

Otherwise known as "laughing gas", nitrous oxide is inhaled by wearing a comfortable mask over your nose. The gas helps you relax, and by simply breathing normally, you will absorb the anesthetic and quickly feel the sedative effects. It is completely safe, and the dentist has complete control over the amount of sedation you receive. When you're done, the gas wears off quickly and you’re good to go! This is the only form of sedation where you're able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

 

Oral Conscious Sedation

As the name suggests, you swallow this type of medication. It may be a pill, a combination of pills and/or a liquid syrup. This type of medication will make you quite drowsy, but you're still alert enough that we can ask you to bite down, chew, turn your head to the left or to the right…etc. However, we've found that most patients drift off to a nice nap during the procedure. Either way, this oral sedation will improve your comfort during treatment and eases any anxiety. This is the more popular form of sedation.

 

IV sedation

Sedation is the application of anesthetics to not only numb pain but to put a dental patient to sleep during a dental procedure. This sedation is delivered through a vein and goes to work very quickly. Within minutes, you will fall into a peaceful sleep and feel zero pain or problems during the procedure. Then, once you wake up, you will feel a bit loopy, so you will need a family member or friend to drive you home. Full recovery from the effects can take up to 24 hours. An IV is the deepest form of sedation and is typically performed for more extensive procedures such as wisdom teeth surgery, multiple root canals, etc.

Prior to arriving at our office for IV sedation, patients should:

  • Avoid eating or drinking 6-8 hours prior to the dental procedure.
  • Avoid taking any medications prior to the procedure (unless previously approved by your dentist).
  • Alert your dentist of any significant changes in medical history.
  • Bring an escort with you to our office.