Pain-Free Dental Treatment in Arlington, TX
Many people feel anxious before and during dental procedures. It’s okay to feel nervous or even fearful when anticipating an appointment. We understand that our patients aren’t all the same, and we have great news: you have options! You can experience dental treatment in a comfortable, customized approach with several different methods of sedation.
The most common forms of sedation used in dentistry are inhalation, oral, and intravenous sedation. While making dentistry much easier for you, it is important to understand that they are not pain-killers, and regular numbing medications still prove essential. But sedation will make every part of your treatment more enjoyable if you’re anxious.
Sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide, generally referred to as a laughing gas, is a mild medicine for dental sedation. It causes a state of moderate relaxation until inhaled. It also decreases pain sensitivity. Nitrous oxide is healthy for almost any patient regardless of age. Oxygen is used to counteract the effects of nitrous oxide following diagnosis. When this is completed, you are completely alert and ready to drive home.
Oral conscious sedation
Oral conscious sedation, or OCS, offers a higher sedation level over nitrous oxide. Many patients prefer using OCS for deeper relaxation. While you can still stand, walk, or answer questions, during your treatment, you stay in a relaxed and sleepy state. Many patients find that they had no recollection of the treatment after the case with OCS. This can be a great benefit for patients with dental anxiety.