What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people have fear or anxiety over visiting the dentist. It is common to fear the pain, but Dr. Claudia Rodriguez and Dr. J. Patrick Pirtle at Lower Valley Dental Associates in Brownsville, TX, offer sedation dentistry for anxious patients. Get through cleanings and dental procedures easier with sedation dentistry!

Sedation dentistry, sometimes called sleep dentistry, means a patient is sedated during dental treatment. Sedation can be used during routine cleanings or serious procedures. Dentists use various types of sedation to help nervous and anxious patients get comfortable and relax in the chair. You can actually sleep through a dental procedure. Whether you have always had a fear of the dentist or a bad experience has left you anxious, sedation can help you complete dental treatments without fear or pain. The different types of sedation used include:

  • Oral medications
  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
  • IV sedation

The best type of sedation for you will depend on your level of anxiety and your medical history. Discuss your medical history with your dentist before receiving any medication. Sedation allows an anxious patient to sleep through their dental treatment and you shouldn’t feel any pain. You may wake up groggy or feel discomfort after your appointment. Communicate any level of pain to your dentist. Depending on the procedure and your level of pain, you may receive more medication after treatment for your pain. Your sedation dentists at Lower Valley Dental Associates in Brownsville, TX, will recommend what's best for you.

Anxious or fearful patients can have a hard time sitting through dental appointments. This can sometimes force dentists to complete a procedure over the course of several appointments. Using sedation often helps the dentist complete more work in one appointment, and reduces the number of appointments and overall time spent at the dentist.

If you have a fear of the dentist and need dental treatment, come see Dr. Claudia Rodriguez and Dr. J. Patrick Pirtle at Lower Valley Dental Associates in Brownsville, TX. Give us a call at (956) 350-0059. We can help you with sedation dentistry!

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