Sedation Dentistry in Austin, TX
It is normal for patients to have some degree of fear and anxiety when planning a dental visit or preparing for treatment. However, some people have more apprehension than others, probably due to a past unpleasant experience, frightening stories told by family or friends, a sensitive gag reflex, or even by the nature of the expected dental procedure or dental tools - smells, sounds, extraction, filing, etc.
Regardless of the cause, anxiety or fear can lead to many unpleasant effects such as insomnia, high blood pressure, upset stomach, and heart palpitations the night before your appointment. Moreover, delaying dental checkups and/or treatment can worsen the problem, resulting in costly and more intensive emergency dental care.
Fortunately, at Park Dental in Austin, TX, we offer multiple options for sedation dentistry to help apprehensive patients relax and receive the dental care they need. Our options range from limited conscious sedation, where you’re awake but in a euphoric, dream-like state during the procedure, to general anesthesia, where you’re asleep for the entire procedure.
Options for Sedation Dentistry
Conscious sedation is intended to reduce sensations, so you’re awake and completely relaxed. You may even fall asleep, but will be able to hear your dentist’s instructions and respond appropriately. There’s no fear for waking up at the middle of the procedure because our team will be constantly monitoring your level of consciousness throughout the treatment.
At Park Dental in Austin, Dr. Koenig will recommend a sedative that suits you best, including:
- Oral sedation - a pill that you take one hour (or so) before treatment to induce limited consciousness
- Local anesthetic - this numbing agent is used to block any feelings of discomfort or pain from the treatment site. You may experience mild pressure during the procedure, but there’s no pain.
- Nitrous oxide - laughing gas is administered through a mask that lets you inhale the gas and relax. The effect is easily induced and stopped as soon as the mask is removed.
- IV sedation - this is the strongest form of sedation. It is administered through the veins to achieve moderate to deep sedation. In deep sedation, you will be asleep and won’t be able to remember the treatment afterwards.
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Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Sedation dentistry is aimed at ensuring that our patients receive the treatment they need while feeling safe and comfortable. If dental anxiety has prevented you from keeping your dental appointments, sedation dentistry in Park Dental in Austin, TX, can give you a stress-free and pleasant dental experience.
Please visit Park Dental in Austin to learn more about sedation dentistry and whether it can help relieve your dental anxiety. Contact us online or call (512) 441-2098 to learn more about our sedation options.