Relax with Odessa's Sedation Dentist
At Boyles General Dentistry, Drs. Franklin and Stephen Boyles go above and beyond to deliver an outstanding experience for each of our patients. We work hard to make them comfortable from the moment they arrive at our office, and we’re passionate about making sure every patient feels welcome and relaxed. However, we know that whether due to anxiety, stress, fear, sensitive tooth or gum tissue, or other reasons, patients may need a little extra help remaining calm and comfortable during care. In these cases, we may recommend oral conscious or nitrous oxide sedation. Contact our team to find out more about sedation dentistry or schedule an appointment today.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For those patients who experience dental anxiety or phobia, oral conscious sedation is an ideal option. At a predetermined time prior to their appointment, patients take an oral sedative prescribed by the dentist. Within an hour, the sedative takes effect soothing patients and allowing them to enter a state of deep relaxation. Because the sedative takes effect before patients arrive at our office, they should plan to have a trusted friend or family member drive them to and from our practice. During treatment, patients remain awake but most are so relaxed that they feel like they are on vacation. Following treatment, most patients report not remembering any part of their appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
One of the longest used sedative methods available, nitrous oxide sedation is still the most effective option for patients with mild dental phobia or anxiety, those who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone, and those who have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes. Inhaled through a nasal mask during treatment, the sedative takes effect almost immediately, dosage is controlled throughout care by the dentist for optimal comfort, and best of all, the sedative effect wears off quickly allowing patients to return to their daily routines right away. There’s no need to have a friend or family member drive patients to and from the office.