We offer safe and effective sedation dentistry options at our Corpus Christi, TX, practice to suit the individual needs of our patients. Sedation comes in many forms and can allow even very anxious patients to receive the care they want and need. Depending on your case, Dr. Charles Robertson or Dr. Nicholas Perry Orchard may recommend sedation to aid in your treatment. To learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office today.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
The purpose of sedation dentistry is to let patients relax comfortably during a dental appointment in which one or more procedures are performed. Not all patients require sedation, and the technique isn’t right for every patient. We might suggest sedation for:
- Lengthy procedures
- Performing many procedures in one visit (including full-mouth reconstruction)
- Patients with jaw, back, or neck pain
- Special-needs patients
- Those who feel anxious about dental procedures
- Patients who do not respond well to anesthetic
- Those with a sensitive gag reflex
- Those who cannot comfortably hold their mouth open throughout a procedure
If any of these situations describe you, ask about sedation dentistry at your next appointment. Our goal is your comfort and satisfaction, and we would be happy to discuss these options with you in more detail.
Types of Sedation
Nitrous Oxide: The most common type of sedative we administer is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. Most patients experience a relaxed, giddy state after inhaling nitrous oxide. You will be conscious and able to communicate with our team throughout the procedure. Another benefit of this treatment is that its effects begin immediately and subside just as quickly once the nose mask is removed. A sedative of choice, nitrous oxide allows people to return to their daily activities right after treatment.
Oral Sedation: Some dentists will recommend a pill-form medication for patients who have anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist. If you are administered this type of sedative, you will need to have a chaperone escort you to and from the dental office.
IV Sedation: We offer intravenous (IV) sedation at a nearby surgical center. There, an anesthesiologist oversees administration of the sedative, while also monitoring your vital signs and comfort. Dr. Orchard or Dr. Robertson will then complete the treatment while you are sedated. IV sedation typically results in a twilight state but it can also be used as general anesthesia to help a patient go into a deep sleep.
Choosing the Sedation That is Right for You
Again, it is important to understand not all patients require sedation, and the technique isn’t right for everyone. However, if during your initial consultation Dr. Orchard or Dr. Robertson feel that sedation dentistry would enhance your experience, he may recommend it. Our goal in offering sedation is to help patients feel comfortable, confident, and peaceful about their dental care. Studies show that stress can interfere with healing, so we aim to reduce stress as much as possible so that you can have a positive, rewarding dental care experience.
Contact Us to Reserve Your Appointment
If you would like to know more about sedation, or are interested in exploring ways to make your dental care more comfortable, contact us today. Our team is dedicated to patient comfort, and we’re here to not only improve your oral health, but to give you a reason to smile.