Over time, this fear and neglect can lead to dental issues growing severe, threatening your oral and overall health. For patients with dental fear or phobia, sedation is often a necessary way to help them relax and remain calm while in the dentist’s chair. At Smith Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of sedation options, and we work closely with an anesthesiologist to provide intravenous (IV) sedation, when necessary. Even if you don’t suffer from dental phobia, sedation may help make complicated restorations, such as dental implant placement, more comfortable and time-efficient.

Your Choice of Sedation Options

Sedation is recommended according to each patient’s unique needs, and nitrous oxide sedation (or laughing gas) is the most commonly prescribed. The mild sedative gas is inhaled through a mask that you wear over your nose, and then exhaled through your mouth. The gentle effects of nitrous oxide dissipate almost immediately after the mask is removed.

For patients who wish for a stronger option, we may recommend a combination of nitrous oxide and an oral sedative, such as Valium. The oral sedative can be taken before your treatment begins, and will enhance your comfort and calm during your procedure.

In cases of severe phobia, or when you need to undergo extensive restoration or minor oral surgery, your dentist may suggest IV sedation. The sedative is administered intravenously by a trained anesthesiologist who will be present throughout your entire procedure. After a careful examination and review of your medical and dental history, your dentist can help you determine which sedation option is right for you.

Ask Your Dentist About Dental Sedation

If you’re anxious about dental treatment, or require complex restoration, then dental sedation may be the best choice for you! To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.