Denton Sedation Dentistry

Dental phobias prevent far too many adults from receiving the oral care they need. Whether caused by a previous traumatic accident or the simple fear of giving up control, if you’re avoiding necessary dental work due to your anxiety, sedation dentistry can help you overcome your barriers -- and Dr. Ted Dunson is the sedation dentist Denton trusts!

Overcoming Your Dental Phobia

Healthy teeth that last a lifetime require regular attention from a dentist you trust. In fact, an excellent dentist can actually help you overcome your anxiety and fear. As your dentist in Denton, Dr. Dunson and the team at Southridge Dental take the necessary time to help patients feel totally relaxed in the dental chair.

What does that mean, exactly? Your dentist will talk you through each step of your treatment to make sure there are no surprises. We’ll also allow you to take breaks as needed -- there’s no reason to rush through your treatment if it comes at the expense of your nerves. And we’ve always got time to answer questions or address any concerns you may have.

In addition to our calming, compassionate approach to your dental care, we’ve also got two options in sedation dentistry to help you relax more fully: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Known more familiarly as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide provides the relaxing experience patients with mild to moderate anxiety need while undergoing dental treatments. You breathe nitrous oxide through a nasal mask throughout your time in the dental chair. Its sedative effects help to remove you from the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. One of the best things about nitrous oxide is that its effects wear off immediately -- meaning you can go on about your day as usual once your treatment is complete and the mask is removed.

Oral Conscious Sedation

For patients dealing with more significant dental fear, or for those undergoing longer dental treatments, oral conscious sedation offers a deeper level of relaxation. You’re still technically awake throughout your dental treatment, but you’re totally relaxed and removed from what’s going on around you.

To help you achieve oral conscious sedation, Dr. Dunson will prescribe a pill for you to take about an hour before your appointment. You should plan for someone to drive you to the doctor’s office, as its effects will have begun to take over by the time you’re settling into the chair.

Oral conscious sedation can be combined with a local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything at all at the treatment site. Once your procedure is complete, we’ll escort you to our comfortable recovery room until you feel ready to go home. Plan for your ride to drive you away from your appointment, too, and don’t make any plans for the rest of the day.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you or a loved one could stand to be a little more relaxed throughout your next trip to the dentist (and really, who couldn’t?) it’s time for you to learn about sedation dentistry in Denton. Schedule your appointment today!