Many people experience dental anxiety before and during dental procedures. It's okay to feel nervous or even fearful when anticipating an appointment. We understand that our patients aren't all the same. We have many methods available to provide you with a relaxed, comfortable dental experience.
The most common forms of sedation used in dentistry are inhaled, oral, and intravenous sedation. While sedation dentistry makes the procedure more tolerable for you, it is important to understand that they are not painkillers, and you will still require the use of dental anesthetic.
Anxiety prevents to 50% of the population from getting even basic dental care. Simple oral medications taken shortly before an appointment can take the edge off, removing the barrier to a healthier you.
Laughing gas, an inhalation sedative, brings one of the safest and easiest sedation techniques to nearly any procedure. Patients from young to old may benefit from a dose obtained just by breathing in and out.
Sometimes anxiety about dental treatment keeps treatment from being completed, leading to further problems. If nearly falling asleep during treatment and waking up at the end would make it possible, then IV sedation might work for you.
Dr. Shirley has privileges at the Surgery Center of Nacogdoches. She is the only general dentist in the area that is able to take adult patients to the surgery center for treatment. This opens doors for patients that are not a candidate for in office IV sedation. Such patients might include patients with complex medical issues, special needs patients, patients requiring a lot of work that require a long procedure.