At Dentistry at Lifestyles in Midland, we offer dental sedation options to help patients feel more comfortable during long procedures, and ideally calm anxious patients so that they can get the care they need in a more relaxed manner.
What is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation refers to a variety of techniques used to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible during dental procedures at our clinic.
Every patient is unique, which is why our dentists assess the sedation needs of our patients on a case by case basis to help determine if dental sedation is right for you.
At Dentistry at Lifestyles, we do everything we can to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental appointments. In addition to offering sedation options, we will work at your pace, take breaks whenever you need them, and provide calm reassurance.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is inhaled by the mouth and nose through a mask. The medication calms patients even though they remain awake and able to communicate. This form of dental sedation also tends to lessen anxiety, increase pain threshold, reduce gag reflex and make time pass more quickly.
Oral sedatives are pills or liquids prescribed by your dentist to help you remain calm throughout your dental appointment. The medication is taken orally in advance of a dental appointment and leaves you awake for the procedure, but produces a calming effect to significantly relax you.
IV sedation medications are administered directly into the bloodstream through the vein to provide patients with the deepest level of sedation without general anesthesia. Our dental team will attach you to a monitor so that the dentist and support staff can monitor your vital signs during the procedure.