If you feel anxious or fearful when you think about visiting the dentist’s office, Harrison Parks, DDS, MS at Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants in Waco, Texas, has you covered. Dr. Parks is compassionate and skilled in all aspects of periodontics, and he understands your need for comfort during your dental procedures. Sedation dentistry options include nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book an appointment now.
First, know that you’re not alone. Fear and anxiety regarding dental treatments — including even the most straightforward ones like cleanings — is quite common. Don’t delay getting the care you need, because there are a variety of solutions for dental fear and anxiety. One of them will work well for you.
If you share your concerns with Dr. Parks and the Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants team, they can customize your treatment to ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed during your procedure.
IV sedation is typically used in shorter treatments. In this type of sedation, you receive anesthesia directly into your bloodstream. It takes effect right away, so you'll quickly become drowsy. Many patients say they feel as if they were completely asleep for their whole treatment with IV anesthesia.
You’re closely monitored at all times during the procedure. You can't drive after IV sedation, so be sure to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home afterward.
Oral sedation, sometimes called conscious sedation, is a popular choice for sedation because it keeps you calm without putting you completely to sleep.
You'll start by taking the medication provided by Dr. Parks. Usually, this is tablets of an oral sedative, usually a benzodiazepine such as Valium®, Halcion®, or Ativan®. These medications bring on a strong feeling of relaxation while numbing your senses.
You won't be acutely aware of sounds, smells, and other sensations, and in fact, many patients don't even remember their treatment afterward. As with IV sedation, it's best to have someone else drive you home after oral sedation.
Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas. It's a mild sedation option that's delivered in gas form. You breathe the nitrous oxide and oxygen mix through a mask, and it very rapidly helps you feel happy and relaxed.
Many patients get the giggles with nitrous oxide sedation, which is why it's called laughing gas.
Nitrous oxide, similar to the other sedation options, can work so well that many patients don't remember their procedure afterward. You can drive yourself home after a nitrous oxide procedure (providing that it was a minor procedure).
Want to learn more about sedation dentistry? Call Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants or use the online scheduler to book your appointment today.