Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in El Paso, TX

Imagine being able to visit the dentist without any fear or anxiety. That’s the goal of sedation dentistry, a technique that allows patients to comfortably undergo dental procedures. For those who have been avoiding the dentist due to fears of pain or discomfort, 915 Smile Studio offers pain-free dentistry through sedation. Whether you need a routine cleaning or a more intensive procedure, our caring and experienced team can ensure your visit is a pleasant and stress-free one.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

At 915 Smile Studio in El Paso, we believe that going to the dentist shouldn’t be a scary or painful experience. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry to help our patients feel at ease during their dental procedures. Simply put, sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help patients relax and experience pain-free dental treatment. Whether you have a fear of the dentist, a low pain threshold, or a complex dental issue, our experienced team can create a personalized sedation plan to make your visit as comfortable as possible. With sedation dentistry, you can say goodbye to anxiety and hello to a stress-free dental experience.
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Who are Good Candidates for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation has many practical uses in our office. It’s an effective and safe way to relieve nerves before a procedure, or to calm the body and mind when it’s difficult to maintain still or manage reflexes. Here are a few of the most common cases where sedation dentistry is beneficial:

  • Managing dental phobia
  • Comfortably delivering invasive procedures
  • Relaxing severe gag reflexes
  • Supporting patients with disabilities

Our sedation dentistry techniques are provided by an experienced team that always has your safety in mind. We’ll review any necessary medical records and talk you through the process before going forward with sedation during your visit. Most patients are excellent candidates for sedation, but some conditions, such as a history of drug abuse, could disqualify them from sedation treatments. No matter your situation, we’ll find an option to ensure your dental visit is as comfortable as possible.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a simple sedation method that helps many patients relax during treatment. Nitrous oxide has a long history in dentistry, and has helped countless patients receive their treatments worry-free. During the procedure, the gas is combined with oxygen and delivered through a mask over the patient’s nose. Patients remain fully awake and responsive, but with less anxiety and awareness of pain or discomfort. Once treatment is over, the effects wear off within three to five minutes without lasting side-effects and patients can drive themselves home and continue their daily activities.

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is given in a liquid or pill form. Patients are provided instructions to take the medication 30 minutes to an hour before their appointment to allow the sedation to take effect. During the procedure, patients are awake and responsive to questions, but might be groggy with less general awareness. They may even fall asleep during their treatment or not fully remember it afterwards. Oral sedation can take a few hours to wear off. It’s important that patients arrange a ride home before the procedure, and we recommend taking the rest of the day off work so they can rest.

Overcome Anxiety for Better Dental Health

Dental anxiety is a real thing and we understand that going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking for many people. Our personalized sedation dentistry can help make your dental visit more comfortable and pain free. Contact us to discuss sedation options or schedule your next appointment with our team. You don’t have to be afraid of going to the dentist anymore, let us help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile.