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Sedation Dentistry – Keller, TX

Overcoming Dental Fears

Many people have stayed away from their dentist for years due to anxiety and fear. There can be many reasons for such apprehension – such as being bothered by the sounds of a dental drill or simply being afraid of potential pain – but no matter what the root of your anxieties is, it’s important that you overcome it so that you can keep your smile healthy and intact. If you need help facing your dental phobia, call our dental office today; Dr. Walia and the rest of our Ridgepoint Dental Team have a number of otpions for sedation dentistry in Keller, TX that make it easier to relax.

Why Choose Ridgepoint Dental for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Gentle,
    Down-to-Earth
    Team
  • We Take the Time
    to Connect
    with Patients
  • Different Types of Sedation for Each
    Unique Case

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Patient holding an oral conscious sedation dentistry pill

If you are undergoing a procedure where oral conscious sedation will be used, you’ll receive a pill along with some instructions. At a specific time before your appointment, you’ll simply swallow the pill. By the time we’re ready to begin, you’ll have entered a state of relaxation. You won’t be unconscious (and can even respond to our requests), but you won’t care about what is going on around you. Since the effects of the pill won’t have worn off completely by the time the procedure is complete, you’ll need to make arrangements to have a trusted adult drive you home.

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Man with nitrous oxide sedation dentistry mask in place

Not all cases of dental anxiety are particularly extreme. Patients with only mild worries normally receive nitrous oxide through a nasal mask. One advantage of this approach is that we can adjust the level of sedation in small increments throughout the treatment. Furthermore, there’s no need to rely on anyone else for transportation. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly after the mask is removed, and you can fully recover from the effects within minutes, allowing you to simply continue on with your day. Read on to learn more about nitrous oxide dental sedation in Keller.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Candidate for nitrous oxide dental sedation in Keller giving thumbs up

Nitrous oxide sedation is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and the most widely used. It’s easy to use, administer, and adjust, all while being a great choice for the majority of patients! Nitrous oxide sedation is a good choice for patients who:

  • Need a bit of help feeling relaxed in the dental chair
  • Have very sensitive teeth or an overactive gag reflex
  • Typically don’t respond well to numbing medication alone
  • Have neck, jaw, back, or shoulder pain that makes sitting in the dental chair uncomfortable
  • Will be undergoing a lengthy or complex treatment

However, while most patients are great candidates for nitrous oxide sedation, it’s not a good choice for everyone. We do not recommend it for patients who are pregnant, have certain medical conditions, take certain medications, or are currently experiencing nasal congestion. We’ll see you for an initial consultation to discuss your concerns and goals, review your medical history, and determine if nitrous oxide is a good option for you.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Woman relaxing with nitrous oxide sedation in Keller

Nitrous oxide is more commonly known as laughing gas. This colorless, odorless gas is administered via a small mask placed over the nose. Within moments of inhaling it, you’ll begin to feel light, airy, and relaxed. Some patients even feel giggly or drift off to sleep after a short while! Throughout your appointment, you’ll remain conscious enough to respond to our basic instructions and questions, but you won’t be aware of any of the sensations that would typically make you uncomfortable.

Our experienced team will monitor your breathing and heart rate throughout your appointment. Your level of sedation can be adjusted at any time if needed to ensure your safety and comfort. Your treatment will seem to fly by while you relax with nitrous oxide sedation!

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Woman feeling relaxed after nitrous oxide dental sedation in Keller

One of the most popular benefits of nitrous oxide sedation is how little aftercare it requires. In fact, it practically requires none at all! The sedating effects will wear off almost as quickly as they came about once we remove the nose mask. A very small percentage of patients feel slightly dizzy or nauseous for a short while afterwards, but the vast majority of patients return to their normal level of consciousness with no side effects right away. You’ll even be able to drive yourself home and continue on about your day without interruption!