Dr. Chris Mun is here to help patients throughout Cedar Park get the expert dental care they need. If you are anxious, nervous, or scared of seeing the dentist, we’re here to help with expert sedation dentistry.
With sedation, you can overcome your anxiety, feel more comfortable, and get the care you need to maintain a healthy mouth and a bright smile. Contact us now to learn more and schedule an appointment in Cedar Park today.
First, sedation dentistry helps with feelings of fear and anxiety. Lots of people feel nervous about seeing the dentist, particularly for treatments that may require drilling or surgery, like a filling, a crown, a root canal, or a tooth extraction.
Sedation dentistry allows you to overcome these feelings of fear and anxiety, and feel more relaxed during your appointment. At Whitestone Family Dentistry, we can even offer sedation for treatments like six-month teeth cleanings if you have severe dental anxiety.
Not only that, but sedation can help with other challenges to your dental care as well, such as a fear of numbing needles or a strong gag reflex. When you choose to be sedated at Whitestone Family Dentistry, you’ll always feel safe and comfortable.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also called “laughing gas” sedation, is the most commonly used type of sedation. In this type of sedation, you do not need to take a pill. You’ll just put on a comfortable nose mask during your appointment at Whitestone Family Dentistry.
Then, Dr. Mun will adjust some equipment to send a stream of oxygen and nitrous oxide into your lungs. You will begin to feel its effects almost immediately. Nitrous oxide will make you feel happy, calm, and relaxed.
Once your appointment is over, pure oxygen will be sent through the mask to eliminate any remaining nitrous oxide. The effects of laughing gas will wear off within about 5 minutes, and symptoms are usually limited to headache, dizziness, and minor nausea. You can drive yourself home, or even go back to work or school after your treatment.
Depending on the drug used in your treatment, you may take oral sedation the night before your treatment, or the morning of your appointment at Whitestone Family Dentistry. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office.
Once the sedative pill begins to take effect, you will feel groggy and sleepy. You may fall asleep, though you will not be unconscious. You can respond to commands and be woken up if necessary.
You may also experience “anterograde amnesia,” which means you may forget what happens during your appointment. However, the side effects of this method of sedation last a lot longer, usually at least 4-6 hours.
You cannot drive yourself home after oral conscious sedation or return to work or school immediately after your appointment, so keep this in mind, and plan to take the rest of the day off to rest, relax, and recover from your treatment and your sedation.