Sedation Dentistry – North Dallas
Alleviating Dental Anxiety with Safe, Comfortable Sedation Dentistry
Fear of the dentist is common, but it needn't prevent you from achieving a strong, healthy smile. Dr. Robert B. Mitchell uses sedation dentistry in North Dallas to alleviate dental anxiety and promote a positive dental care experience. He offers oral conscious sedation as well as nitrous oxide sedation. Both methods are safe and effective, and they have been used by millions of people to achieve strong, beautiful smiles. Come in for a consultation, and we’ll help you determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Many people know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” Here at North Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry - Robert B. Mitchell, we administer nitrous oxide dental sedation in North Dallas to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. After you're comfortably seated in the dental chair, you'll inhale the gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) through a face mask. We will control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove your mask, so if nitrous is the only sedation method you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you qualify for oral conscious sedation, Dr. Mitchell will prescribe a sedative for you to take prior to your appointment. You'll feel groggy, so you should plan to have a friend or family member drive you to and from our dental office. By the time you get to the dental office, you will feel perfectly relaxed. You will remain conscious during your entire procedure, so you will be able to answer questions and follow Dr. Mitchell’s instructions. You probably won’t remember much of your dental visit, and the effects will take some time to wear off. By the next day, you should feel completely back to normal.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
The best way to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you is by discussing your medical history, anxiety levels, and other factors with your dentist. This way, your treatment can be safely catered to meet your unique needs. Sedation dentistry can help patients who struggle with the following.
- Dental Anxiety: If you struggle with dental anxiety, sedation options can help you to feel more relaxed during your treatment.
- Increased Sensitivity: Sedation dentistry can be used for patients with particularly sensitive teeth or gums.
- Overactive Gag Reflex: If smells, tastes, or the presence of dental tools in your mouth make you gag easily, sedation dentistry can help to reduce this.
- Long Procedure: Even if you don’t have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help to improve your experience if you have a particularly long procedure coming up.