Your comfort is our top priority
At Spring Creek Dentistry in Spring, TX, we care not just about your oral health, but about the quality of your experience with us. We understand that the dentist isn’t exactly on the top of everyone’s list of fun places to go, and that many patients actually avoid the dentist out of fear. If you are one of millions of Americans suffering from any form of dental anxiety, our compassionate team wants you to know that you are in good hands, and that all of your concerns will be heard and taken seriously. We also want you to know that we have several sedation options available to help make your visit relaxed and comfortable.
Is sedation right for me?
There are countless reasons people dislike or avoid the dentist. Here are some of the most common reasons patients experience dental anxiety:
- A traumatic or painful experience in the past
- Popular culture and horrific images of teeth pulling
- The sights and sounds of the dentist (the drill)
- Fear of pain, needles, or blood
- Bad gag reflex
- Trouble sitting still through lengthy appointments
- Small mouth or jaw pain
If you can relate to any of the above, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. We have several options available so you and your Spring dentist can decide which is best for you.
Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide comes in the form of a gas (nitrous) mixed with oxygen that you breathe in through a small mask. You will instantly start to feel relaxed and comfortable, and all your concerns will melt away. You may feel lethargic and happy, but will remain conscious and able to respond to the doctor during treatment (although the details may be fuzzy). The effects will wear off almost instantly and you will be able to drive yourself home.
Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill that your Spring dentist can prescribe and you can pick up from your local pharmacy. You will take the pill about an hour before your appointment to help you relax. You will remain awake and conscious throughout your appointment, although the details may be fuzzy. You will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.
This is the heaviest form of sedation, and is generally only used for oral surgery procedures like tooth extractions, root canals, and dental implants. IV sedation will actually put you to sleep, and you will need to arrange for transportation.
If you are in need of dental care but suffer from dental anxiety that prevents you from seeking treatment, we would love to speak with you about sedation dentistry. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Spring dentist – Dr. Oakley, Dr. Henley, Dr. Miller, or Dr. Wendt – please contact us at Spring Creek Dentistry today at (281) 407-8333.