Dental anxiety affects patients of all ages, and many adults reschedule, postpone, and cancel dental appointments due to their fear of dental visits. At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we completely understand how debilitating dental anxiety can be. Our compassionate team always practices patience and empathy, and we will never do anything that a patient is uncomfortable with.
Whether you always experience dental anxiety or you have a particularly nerve-wracking appointment coming up, please don’t hesitate to ask our team about our dental sedation options. We offer sedation dentistry as one of our general dental care services in Cedar Park, TX, to help patients receive comfortable dental care.
Sedation Dentistry in Cedar Park, TX
There are multiple types of sedation we offer for patients in our dental office:
Nitrous oxide is the clinical term for laughing gas. We place a comfortable mask over the nose before administering nitrous oxide and oxygen. The effects of laughing gas begin quickly, and the patient may feel light-headed, relaxed, or like laughing.
Laughing gas is excellent for relieving mild dental anxiety and is often used for minor procedures. After treatment, the patient breathes normal oxygen for a few minutes, the effects will subside, and it is usually safe for the patient to drive home.
Oral Conscious Sedation
We provide patients with oral medication in-office before the start of the appointment. The medication will put the patient into a sleepy, dream-like state where they are less aware of what is happening around them. As a result, time may feel slower, and the patient’s reflexes are often slower.
The patient may fall asleep during treatment, but they will not be rendered unconscious. We provide oral conscious sedation for more complex treatments. Patients will need a friend or family member to wait in our office and drive them home after their appointment.
During IV sedation, we administer the sedative intravenously. IV sedation can be used for any dental visit, as a dental professional can control the amount of sedative administered. This kind of sedation is sometimes called “twilight” or “sleep” dentistry, but the patient is conscious during treatment. Patients can answer questions from our team, but they may not remember much of their appointment. IV sedation requires a trusted adult to stay and drive the patient home afterward.
Contact Our Dental Office
We always consider our patient’s medical history and current health status before recommending or prescribing dental sedation. If you have any questions or concerns for our team, please get in touch with our front office at 512-866-9654. You can also schedule a dental consultation online.