At Cornerstone Dental Associates in Crossroads, TX, we understand that a number of patients may be anxious while visiting a dentist or while undergoing dental treatment, and we make it our primary responsibility to ensure your complete comfort with us. That is why we offer sedation dentistry options to help you overcome your dental fears and stay calm as we take care of your oral health.
Modern Dental technology has made most procedures pain-free. But pain and anxiety are two different things and anxiety cannot be controlled with anesthesia. That is why sedation is administered to help patients relax and get rid of their fears. Conscious sedation dentistry helps the patient to stay relaxed while remaining awake during treatment. You will be able to respond to your dentist's questions and commands during the procedure.
We offer the following types of sedation:
- Inhalation Sedation: This type of sedation is administered via the patient’s nose and consists of Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. It is a light form of sedation and is given by placing a mask over the nose. The gas is inhaled via the nose and expelled through the mouth. The sedative wears off after the procedure is completed and there are almost no side effects.
- Oral Sedation: This is given in the form of a pill an hour prior to the procedure, which helps to eliminate anxiety. Oral medication could have a light to moderate effect depending on its prescription strength. Although you may feel sleepy, you will still be able to respond to the dentist's commands. You will need someone to escort you home after the procedure as the effects of the sedative take some time to wear off.
- IV Sedation: IV Sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream i.e. intravenously. The sedation has a moderate effect and its levels can be adjusted during the procedure. It is used for major dental procedures such as multiple extractions. It has a quicker effect as it enters the bloodstream directly. At Cornerstone Dental Associate our dental anesthesiologists are certified in the administration of IV Sedation.
Local anesthesia is different from sedation and is used to numb the area of the mouth that is being treated to avoid prevent the patient from feeling pain during the procedure. So, while anesthesia gets rid of pain, sedation allows you to get rid of fear and anxiety. Local anesthesia may be administered topically or via injection. The effect of local anesthesia can last several hours after the procedure, so one should be careful not to bite down too hard on the numb area as it could lead to injury.
Experience comfortable dental treatments with sedation dentistry services by certified anesthesiologists from Cornerstone Dental Associates. Call our office in Crossroads, TX at (940) 365-7665 for appointments.