What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a blanket term that covers a number of different treatment options. When you speak with your family dentist about your upcoming appointment and your level of anxiety, they will make a determination about which method will be right for you. For mild cases of anxiety, a mild oral sedative may be prescribed, and for other cases, nitrous oxide might be a better choice. You can read more about both of those options in a section lower on this page.

Do You Need Sedation Dentistry?

While it is normal to feel some trepidation about an upcoming appointment, especially if you know that you are undergoing a long or complicated procedure, dental anxiety is a very intense experience. People with dental anxiety may:

  • Notice that their heart races when they think about the dentist
  • Start to sweat or shake when they go to the dentist
  • Have trouble sleeping before an appointment

If you have symptoms like these, or other symptoms that are even worse, you may have dental anxiety or dental phobia. While there is no single way to get rid of these feelings, the gentle care and sedation dentistry available to you at Mesquite Dental & Implant Center will make it possible for you to visit the dentist with as little anxiety as possible.

Call us today to set up your appointment at our dental clinic.

We can work with you to design a treatment plan that will allow you to receive the care you need at a pace that lets you stay comfortable and happy. Our practice is devoted to helping everyone have better dental health, so we will do everything possible to make you feel safe and comfortable.

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While we are in the business of taking care of people’s teeth, we are also in the business of making sure our patients are happy and comfortable during their dental care treatments. Visiting the dentist is often not someone’s highlight of the year, and for some people, it is the absolute low-light if they experience dental anxiety. Some people avoid the dentist altogether because of their aversion to dental offices, however, doing so is not ideal for your oral health.

When it comes to good oral health practices, one should visit the dentist twice a year for regular checkups and dental cleanings. These appointments consist of a brief checkup with Dr. George to inspect for possible problems and a thorough cleaning by one of our hygienists. Some appointments identify problems that need to be addressed further, such as a cavity filling, a root canal, or a dental implant.

No matter the reason you visit Mesquite Dental and Implant Center, we want you to be comfortable. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry at our Mesquite dental office!

Your Comfort is Essential

We are dedicated to compassionate, personalized dental care that builds trust between our team and patients. If you have been putting off dental work because of anxiety, you’re not alone. About half of Americans don’t visit the dentist each year as they should – and many avoid going to their routine dental care visits out of fear. Others know they need treatment, but have physical discomfort sitting in a dental chair for any length of time. A sensitive gag reflex, painful jaw joints, and a lack of time may also keep you from the dentistry you need.

Sedation dentistry has helped many patients overcome these hurdles. Our experienced clinicians will put you at ease with their gentle chair-side manners. As a sedation dentist, Dr. George is well-trained in nitrous oxide administration, as well as oral sedation. He offers both of these options and can help you decide which is best for your appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is delivered through a facemask to calm the mind and body. For patients who experience mild nervousness or fear, nitrous oxide can create a more pleasant experience. This isn’t a type of sedation that immediately puts you to sleep, but many patients become so relaxed during treatment that they doze off for a little nap. For the most part, patients who choose nitrous oxide as their preferred method of dental sedation are responsive and awake during the visit.

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless, non-flammable gas that has a slightly sweet taste. It is administered through the nose and its effects are felt almost immediately. Patients tend to feel a slight tingling in their legs or arms and may be a bit light headed. Almost as quickly as the effects are felt do they wear off, just as the mask is removed.

Oral Sedation

With an oral sedative, like valium or halcion, Dr. George will put you into a deeper state of relaxation for your visit. He can also administer nitrous oxide in conjunction with oral sedation for a deeper relaxing effect. You’ll need a driver to bring you to your appointment and escort you home because oral sedatives make many people unaware of the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations during dental treatment. Effects of the drug subside after a few hours, so if you prefer oral sedation, plan to remain home the rest of the day after your appointment.

Sedation For Children

As a family dentist in Mesquite, we often get questions about whether sedation dentistry is safe and available for children.

The short answer is, “Yes!” Sedation dentistry is all about proper doses for smaller bodies. Many children are perfectly satisfied with nitrous oxide, but if the situation requires, we can find an appropriate and safe dosage of oral sedatives as well.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit to Mesquite Dental and Implant Center more pleasant.

Contact the team at Mesquite Dental and Implant Center to learn more about how you, too, can enjoy a more comfortable dental care experience with sedation dentistry!