Our specialists at Fox Creek Endodontics are highly trained in the administration of various forms of conscious sedation in order to accommodate patients that may experience dental anxiety, claustrophobia, suffer from disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) that limit their opening, or are hard to numb.
Nitrous oxide – commonly referred to as “laughing” gas. Most often used for patients with mild forms of dental anxiety. Nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask. Because the effects of this gas end as soon as the nasal mask is removed, the patient is able to function normally without any adverse effects. This means the patient is able to drive to and from their appointment.
Oral Sedation – oral sedation works best for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety. The patient is given a tablet (most commonly Triazolam or Halcion) to be taken prior to their dental procedure. The oral medication has an anxiolytic-sedative effect, allowing the patient to relax during the procedure. Normally, the medication takes approximately 30-45 minutes to take effect. Patients that receive oral sedation will need a driver that takes them to and from their appointment, and will be unable to drive or return to work for the remainder of the day.
Intravenous Sedation – involves administration of sedative medications through an IV line. The administration of such medications typically produce a profound reduction of anxiety/phobia during a procedure, and patients often have little to no recollection of the procedure. IV sedation is safe and extremely effective, and should be considered for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, hyperactive gag reflex, claustrophobia, or those who suffer from disorders of the TMJ. Patients that receive IV sedation will need a driver that takes them to and from their appointment, and will be unable to drive or return to work for the remainder of the day.
If you are nervous or feel that sedation will benefit you during your procedure,
call, 936-756-1676, to schedule a consultation to determine which type of sedation
is best suited for you!