While our friendly team at South Arlington Smiles strives to make every patient feel comfortable, some patients need a little extra help relaxing. If you become anxious at the thought of getting dental work done, sedation dentistry can help! All of our sedation options are designed to safely help you feel at-ease in the dental chair by creating feelings of relaxation. If you are interested in sedation dentistry or have questions or concerns, please contact our office for more information. We will be happy to help you decide which option is right for you!
Oral conscious sedation is ideal for patients with moderate dental anxiety. You will be prescribed a pill, which you take approximately an hour before your appointment. You’ll feel very relaxed, and you may not even remember much of the procedure. You will need to be accompanied by a friend or family member to your appointment, as oral conscious sedation can take several hours to wear off.
If your anxiety is milder, you could benefit from nitrous oxide sedation. A small mask is fitted over your nose, and you inhale the gas, creating a joyous, relaxing feeling during your procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off just minutes after the mask is removed, allowing you to resume your normal activities afterward.
Intravenous (IV) sedation consists of a sedative administered directly into your bloodstream. IV sedation is useful for shorter procedures and/or for patients with an extreme fear of the dentist. Administering the medication directly into your bloodstream means immediate results. You may feel as if you were asleep during your procedure, and you will need a designated driver, as grogginess is normal following IV sedation.