Eliminate Stress With Sedation Dentistry

If you have an upcoming procedure, dental sedation can make the treatment a relaxing experience. When your worries are at ease, we can thoroughly carry out the procedure with your confidence and trust. You’ll never have to fear your visits with us because we can ensure your comfort with sedation dentistry. 

Unlike general anesthesia, you’ll be conscious throughout the duration of the treatment. For this reason, dental sedation is considered less risky. Dental sedation techniques are typically used in combination with a local anesthetic or painkiller to ensure your free of pain and comfortable throughout your entire procedure. 

Our dentist will be in close communication with you throughout the procedure to check-in with you and adjust the dosage if it’s necessary.

Dental Anxiety, Phobia, and Low Pain Tolerance

Many patients who have dental anxiety or a low pain tolerance benefit from dental sedation. Patients with dental phobia avoid going to the dentist because they’ve had a bad experience or fear the need for a procedure. 

Unfortunately, putting off necessary procedures will only increase your pain and lead to more costly and invasive procedures in the future. If you’re in need of dental care, you can get the help you need without stress or pain with our sedation techniques.


Sedation Dentistry Options

There are a few types of dental sedation that we offer at Waxahachie Family Dental to help you through your treatments.

IV-conscious sedation

Sedation is administered intravenously. Patients report feeling a euphoric state of deep relaxation. Since the drug is administered intravenously, it will have an immediate effect and our dentists can adjust the dosage as needed.

You’ll be conscious throughout the treatment and still able to respond to questions. With IV sedation, some patients report remembering very little about the procedure and some don’t remember anything.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is administered in the form of a pill. You’ll take the pill prior to your appointment so you’ll experience the benefits of relaxation going into the procedure. Patients report feeling drowsy and sometimes fall asleep during their procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless gas, which is inhaled. You’ll remain conscious but will have a sense of well being, leaving you comfortable during your procedure. The effects typically wear off quickly and this is the only type of sedation that doesn’t require a driver.

Don’t Forget Your Driver

It’s important to note that you’ll need a driver waiting to safely take you home following your appointment if you’re receiving IV or oral sedation. If you’re utilizing oral sedation, you’ll also need someone to bring you to your appointment.

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy Your Treatment

We understand that not everyone loves going to the dentist so we want to make the experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible. If you’re interested in learning more about our sedation techniques, contact our office by calling (972)885-3335 or fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat before dental sedation?

In addition to following any pre-op recommendations by our dentists, it’s vital that you follow fasting guidelines and avoid eating or drinking for six hours prior to sedation. However, you may have water up to two hours prior to your appointment.

When you’re sedated, your reflexes are suppressed and if you have food or beverages in your stomach and become nauseous, you’re more likely to vomit and aspirate. If you eat or drink prior to sedation, your procedure will be canceled.

Does insurance cover dental sedation?

If the treatment requires sedation, insurance may cover all or a portion of the expenses. We recommend checking with your provider prior to your appointment for more information on your specific coverage. If you have any questions that we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (972) 885-3335  and we’ll be happy to assist you.

What are some ways I can deal with dental anxiety?

In the days leading up to your appointment, and the day of, there are some things you can do to decrease the anxiety you experience about going to the dentist. These include:

  • Take slow, regular breaths— avoid holding your breath
  • Listen to music if the sound of drilling bothers you
  • Avoid caffeine 
  • Use hand signals if you experience discomfort
  • Choose a time that doesn’t require you to rush to your appointment
  • Trust your dentist or ask around for recommendations 

If you have dental anxiety, tell one of our dentists and they’ll educate you about the benefits of dental sedation. 

Are there any aftercare guidelines following dental sedation?

The aftercare guidelines depend on the type of sedation you received. If you received nitrous oxide, you’ll be fine to carry on with your day as you normally would. For any other form of sedation, you’ll want to follow any recommendations by our dentists and these guidelines to be safe:

  • Take it easy — Don’t participate in activities that put you at risk for injury. You’ll be less coordinated and you might be off-balance
  • Continue to move around — This will help your body metabolize the medication
  • Drink water — You may be dehydrated following the procedure and water will help flush out the medicine
  • Avoid foods that might upset your stomach because sedation can cause nausea
  • If you have any concerns, call our office at (972) 885-3335 and we’ll be here for you