At Robstown Dentistry & Orthodontics, several options are available to help create more relaxed, comfortable dental visits.
A safe and effective medication is injected into your vein as a way of providing moderate-to-high levels of sedation. It goes into effect very quickly, and our experts will be able to continually adjust it to provide you with the appropriate level of sedation. While you will most likely be conscious, you may not recognize your surroundings; however, you should return to normal shortly afterward.
Used strictly for the management of pain, a local anesthetic is applied directly to the site of a dental procedure in order to provide a numbing effect. While this type of sedation is great at preventing pain and discomfort while work is being performed, it will not actively reduce a patient’s anxiety.
Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas that has been used for generations to help calm fearful dental patients. Considered a safe and effective method of sedation, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask.
If you’re concerned it will put you to sleep, don’t be. Nitrous oxide is meant to relax you but also keep you aware, so you can answer any questions our dental team may ask.
Dentists use the pain and anxiety control techniques mentioned above to treat millions of patients safely every year. Even so, taking any medication involves a certain amount of risk. It is important to understand the risks and benefits involved in any dental treatment so that you and your dentist can make the decision that is right for you.