Sedation Dentistry in Keller, TX
Visiting the dentist may be a difficult or even scary experience for some, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone! In fact, the majority of adults in the United States have some degree of dental anxiety. At Sky Creek Dental, we offer multiple sedation options to make you more comfortable and even relaxed during your treatment.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation simply makes dentistry more comfortable. Not everyone who receives dental care will need sedation dentistry, though many patients can benefit from it regardless of the dental treatment they are to receive. Administered in a variety of ways, sedation dentistry (or sleep dentistry) can help anxious patients relax so they can receive the treatment they need. It can also help the skilled doctors at Sky Creek Dental perform extensive restorative procedures faster and more comfortably, minimizing the amount of time that you must spend in the dental chair.
How to Choose the Right Dental Sedation Method
Sky Creek Dental offers multiple levels of sedation at our office in Keller depending on your needs. As always, Dr. Cornelius will address any concerns and recommend the best sedation option for you.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a nasal mask, allowing you to feel calm and tranquil. Laughing gas has been used safely for decades and produces a light sedative effect. This form of sedation typically wears off immediately once the mask is removed and your procedure is completed, so you can return to your normal activities.
Oral sedation is taken as a pill or liquid and produces a more potent sedative effect than laughing gas. This form of sedation allows you to be very relaxed, without being completely sedated or asleep. Depending on the level of sedation you require, you may need to take a pill the night before your appointment, and then another before the procedure begins. With oral sedation, it may also be necessary for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Intravenous sedation is the most powerful form of dental sedation and involves delivering the sedative directly into your bloodstream via an IV. This option is best for those with severe dental anxiety, or those that want to have a lot of work done at once. For optimal safety, our doctors work closely with a trained anesthesiologist who will carefully monitor your vital signs and level of sedation throughout your entire procedure. Though you may feel like you are asleep, you will still remain responsive under IV sedation. This form of sedation requires someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as well as monitor you for a short period of time afterward.
Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Keep You From Your Best Smile!
Whether you are fearful of visiting the dentist or simply want a more relaxing experience during your treatment, you may benefit from dental sedation. To find out which treatment is right for you, call Sky Creek Dental in Keller, at 817-431-4200.
We proudly serve the residents of Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, North Richland Hills, and all surrounding communities.