Is dental fear or anxiety keeping you from visiting the dentist? Patients can rest easy with sedation dentistry.
Dr. Glen Wainwright offers sedation dentistry in Austin, Texas to help relieve dental phobia. The comfort of our patients is important to our staff at Austin Dental Care. We make every effort to ensure our patients are relaxed throughout all phases of their dental treatment. Patients with dental anxiety or fear of the dentist benefit from sedation dentistry because it is a pain-free way to receive dental care. Learn more about the benefits of this general dental solution.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is most commonly used for patients that deal with dental fear or anxiety. Dental fear can make it difficult to come in for regular dental checkups. For some people, only certain things, like drills, trigger their fear of the dentist. Other people may be triggered by the entire environment of the dental office in general and may avoid coming into the office.
However, if preventative dental care is avoided, it leads to more extensive oral health issues. This means care that takes longer and is more invasive than it would’ve been if it would’ve been caught early. Patients with anxiety then have to sit through long sessions to restore their oral health.
Sedation doesn’t only help patients with dental fear. If you need multiple surgery treatments or long dental procedures, this can help you get all of them done in fewer sessions. It’s also ideal for patients that have a bad gag reflex, as a reflex can fight the dentist as he’s trying to perform his work. Lastly, it can help patients that have movement disorders or special needs get the care they need safely.
By using sedation methods, Dr. Wainwright can complete procedures faster. It helps relax both the gag reflex and the patient in general, making it easier to do work inside your mouth. It also helps to provide care that’s pain-free. If you have sensitive teeth or extensive damage to your teeth, it can be painful to get even standard care. Sedation helps take care of this.
Types of Dental Sedation
Nitrous oxide: Also known as laugh gas, this option is administered through a nasal mask. The nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and allows patients to remain fully conscious during their dental procedures.
Oral conscious sedation: This type of sedation is administered by pill before treatment. Patients will remain conscious during treatment, but feel euphoric and groggy. You may not remember what happened during your procedure after the sedative has passed.
General anesthesia: General anesthesia (not to be confused with local anesthesia) works as a sleep-inducing sedative. Patients who choose this form of sedation will need a driver to take them to and from their appointment.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is dental sedation safe?
Yes, dental sedation poses no harm to patients. We administer sedation at safe levels and are always monitoring you during treatment. Dental sedation has been used for oral surgery procedures for decades. Our dentist can go over all concerns you may have about sedation dentistry during your dental exam.
How long do the effects of oral sedation last?
Oral sedation can last from two to eight hours depending on the level of sedation you receive. The length of your sedation effectiveness depends on the type of oral sedation we use. Nitrous Oxide lasts only until the end of treatment, before you leave the dentist office. IV sedation can take much longer to recover from.
What does oral sedation feel like?
You may experience a calming effect and may feel drowsiness or tingling sensations. Procedures with oral sedation is painless since sedation and local anesthetic are used in combination. Some patients report feeling very happy and carefree.
Is sedation safe for children?
Sedation is used for children only when necessary. Sedation is usually performed on children with disabilities and mental health challenges that may prevent them from cooperating at the dentist. General anesthesia may be used so the child can be asleep during the procedure.
Call our Dentist in Austin, TX for Sedation Dentistry Today
Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas near you that is dedicated to giving patients the high-quality dental care they deserve. Call our dentist office at 512-518-6392 or request an appointment online. Austin Dental Care serves patients in West Austin, Barton Creek, Lost Creek, West Lake Hills, and Travis County, Texas.