Many children and adults suffer from dental anxiety, which means every dental office is sure to see multiple patients who need extra help staying calm during treatment. Temple Choice Dental is no exception, and we aim to provide a pleasant experience to everyone, from those who are simply averse to dental work to people who are afraid of a particular procedure. Call us today to learn more about how we can use sedation dentistry in Temple, TX to make your next appointment as comfortable as possible.
For this form of sedation, you’ll be given a pill before your appointment. Once it kicks in, you’ll find yourself in a relaxed state where you’re completely at ease with what is going on around you. Even patients who are normally very afraid of receiving dental care can remain calm. By itself, oral conscious sedation is enough to help you stay comfortable during simple procedures like teeth cleaning or cavity repair that cause little pain on their own.
If you’re only mildly to moderately anxious about your appointment, nitrous oxide is generally the preferable means of sedation. You’ll breathe in the gas through a small nasal mask, putting you in a euphoric state throughout your appointment. Not only does nitrous oxide take effect quickly, but it also wears off in a timely manner. Unlike with other forms of sedation, you’ll recover quickly enough after your procedure that you’ll be capable of driving home on your own.
IV sedation is often used in particularly severe cases of dental anxiety. The medication will be delivered directly into a vein in your hand or arm. Unlike the sedation you might have seen on TV, however, it won’t put you to sleep. You’ll still be able to interact with the dentist and follow simple directions. We can adjust the level of IV sedation as needed throughout the procedure. Plan on having someone else drive you home, as it will often take the rest of the day for the medication to fully wear off.