At Granbury Dental Center, we know how hard it can be to muster the courage to come to the dentist – especially if you’ve been avoiding us for a while, or have any level of dental fear or anxiety. Whether your dental visits just make you uncomfortable, you need extensive dental work, or your fear is so crippling it’s kept you away from the dentist your whole life, we want you to know you’re not alone, and we’re here to help. Our team is friendly and gentle, and we have sedation options available to help take the edge off so you can get the care you need, comfortably.
Dentists have been using sedation methods to help make receiving care easier since the beginning of…well…dentistry. Sedation dentistry, as the name implies, involves using a sedative at the start of a dental appointment to help you relax in the chair and make treatment easier for both the patient and the doctor.
Sedation is different than general anesthetic. General anesthetic is administered intravenously, and is designed to prevent pain and put you to sleep or put you under. Sedation is administered several ways but is designed to reduce sensations and put you in a waking, euphoric, dream-like state.
You will remain generally awake and able to respond to the doctor, although many patients relax enough to fall asleep, you will be easily awakened. You will be able to breathe on your own and will be monitored throughout the appointment.
Sedation does produce some amnesic effects, so your appointment will be over before you know it and you won’t have much recollection of your time in the chair. Many patients find that sedation actually eliminates the fears and anxieties that crippled them for so long.
There are several types of sedation used in dentistry, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. At Granbury Dental Center, we will prescribe a sedative that suits your needs that you can pick up from your local pharmacy. You will take the sedative about an hour before your appointment to help you relax. You will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.
With sedation, you no longer have to live in fear and embarrassment of poor oral health. Sedation can help you get the care you need today in a way that will transform your dental experience. We offer varying levels of sedation depending on your individual needs and preferences, for everything from routine visits to more complex treatments. Sedation can help you get all your work done in a single visit! What a breath of fresh air.