It’s only human nature: if you are uncomfortable doing something, chances are you’ll avoid doing it as much as possible. But when it comes to good oral health, it’s never a good idea to postpone going to the dentist. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many people do – particularly those that experience a high level of anxiety in the dentist chair. At Mosaic Dentistry, we understand how important it is to make our patients from throughout the Cedar Park, TX, area as comfortable as possible during their visits to our office, which is why we offer three types of sedation dentistry for our patients and their families.
Sedation Dentistry Methods
Different people experience different levels of anxiety during their dental visits, so we offer varying types of sedation dentistry for our patients:
- Oral sedation: Just as the name implies, oral sedation is administered in the form of a pill. Typically, patients who receive oral sedation are awake throughout their visit, but feel very much at ease and relaxed. The level of relaxation provided by oral sedation varies depending on the strength of the dosage, but most people feel groggy afterwards, so you should arrange for a ride home after your visit.
- Nitrous oxide: Usually referred to as “laughing gas,” this type of sedation is inhaled by the patient and earns its name from how it makes you feel – totally relaxed and just a little bit giddy. Nitrous oxide allows patients to remain awake throughout their procedures, but very much at ease. Since the effects wear off quickly, you should be able to drive yourself home after your visit.
- V sedation: Intravenous sedation is provided for people who have a high level of anxiety when visiting the dentist. While most people remain awake during their visits, they will feel very relaxed and may not remember the entire procedure. Patients who receive IV sedation should arrange for a ride home afterward, just in case you’re still groggy after your visit.
Why Sedation Dentistry is So Important
Your oral health and the oral health of your family members can only be ensured by regular trips to the dentist. If you feel too nervous, you may postpone your visits or (worse yet) cancel them altogether. Thanks to sedation dentistry methods, you and your family can feel comfortable about visiting the dentist, and your oral health will benefit as a result.
Contact Us Today
For more information about sedation dentistry methods offered by Mosaic Dentistry, call our office today.