Sedation Dentistry

Stress-Free Appointments in Hewitt, TX

Dental anxiety is a more common issue than most people realize, preventing up to 20% of patients from receiving the care that they need to maintain a healthy smile. If you’re one of these patients, we offer three forms of sedation to help you relax during your procedure.

Explore our guide to learn about your sedation options.

Nitrous Oxide

female patient under nitrous oxide sedation

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the most common form of dental sedation. It’s administered through a small mask that we place over your nose. You’ll feel the effects almost immediately after breathing it in.

Nitrous oxide will send a wave of relaxation and euphoria through your body. You’ll remain awake and responsive throughout the procedure, though you likely won’t remember it later. The effects of nitrous oxide can also be reversed very quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

young woman taking a pill and holding a glass of water

For oral conscious sedation, you’ll take a small pill an hour or two before your procedure. By the time you arrive at our office, the medication will have kicked in. Similar to nitrous oxide, you’ll remain conscious throughout your treatment, but will have little to no memory of it later.

Since this method involves taking medication before you arrive, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to your appointment. You’ll also need a ride home to ensure your safety, as the sedation effects may not wear off right away.

IV Sedation

male patient undergoing IV sedation

The third and final option we feature is IV sedation. For this method, we’ll administer a sedative directly to your bloodstream through an IV tube. The effects will kick in almost immediately, putting you in a state of deep relaxation for the remainder of your procedure.

As with the other methods, you won’t actually lose consciousness, but you’ll have no awareness during your treatment and won’t remember it later. One of our doctors will monitor your vital signs through the entire appointment to ensure your safety. Please note that you’ll need a ride home after undergoing IV sedation, as the effects may linger for an hour or two after your procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sedation dentistry safe?

When given by a qualified dentist, sedation dentistry is safe for those who may experience dental anxiety or a phobia. Here at our Hewitt office, we offer three types of sedation dentistry so we can provide each of our patients with the best care.

These three types include nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. Depending on the treatment you receive, our dentists will safely administer and closely monitor the level of sedation you receive. 

How does sedation dentistry work?

Sedation dentistry is an easy, effective treatment that helps our patients remain relaxed, stress-free, and comfortable. Depending on which type of sedative we use, you’ll either remain conscious during the procedure and experience no pain or you may completely doze off and not remember much of the treatment.

If you receive nitrous oxide or IV sedation, we’ll provide it to you when you come into our office for your appointment. If you have oral sedation, we will give you the medication ahead of time so you can take it an hour before your appointment.

Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?

Some insurance providers may provide coverage for your sedation procedure, but this will vary for each company. We recommend that you call your provider before moving forward with your dental treatment to ensure there are no surprises down the line.

At Central Texas Dental Care, our team will always offer help to our patients who may need assistance with their insurance provider. We can help you file your claim so you can find out what your coverage and benefits are.

Learn More About Sedation

If you have any questions about sedation, or if you need help determining which option is best for you, call our office at (254) 666-1686 and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

We’ll help you feel comfortable in our office so you can get the quality care you need.

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