If the thought of dental care causes you anxiety, you are not alone. Many people are prone to dental anxiety, and some have a fear or phobia of dental treatments. Sedation dentistry offers a peaceful option for undergoing dental procedures for those with dental anxiety. Dr. Archie Gomez and our team at Sapphire Creek Dental in New Braunfels, TX, offers sedation dentistry for patients to provide a calm and comfortable dental experience.
Sedation dentistry can be used for many reasons. For oral surgery or invasive dental treatments, it may be recommended to ensure the patient is calm and relaxed while the delicate procedure is performed. For those with dental anxiety, different levels of sedation can help calm their nerves and improve the overall experience. Sedation may also be used for those with a severe gag reflex or disabilities that make it difficult to sit still during dental procedures. There are mild, moderate and heavy forms of sedation available, depending on the patient and procedure.
The mildest form of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This gas is inhaled, creating a sense of euphoria for the patient. This is safe and effective for mild sedation and has the advantage of no lasting effects. Patients can use nitrous oxide and still drive home after their procedure.
A deeper form of sedation is IV sedation. This type of sedation dentistry is used for those undergoing oral surgery or with severe anxiety or other issues that make dental treatments difficult. A more moderate option is oral sedation, where the patient uses an oral medication to enter a relaxed but conscious state.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry, contact Sapphire Creek Dental in New Braunfels, TX today. We offer mild, moderate and IV sedation for our patients. Dr. Gomez and our team can assess your health and medical history to determine what sedation options are safe for your treatments.