Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Abilene

Young man looking at his teeth after being sedated for his dental procedure.Many people put off visiting their dentist due to anxiety, making it difficult to get necessary help and treatment. However, anxiety shouldn't keep you from going to the dentist and taking care of your oral health. Whether you struggle with an extreme phobia of dental procedures or are afraid of feeling discomfort or pain, our sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fears. At Big Country Dental, we offer sedation dentistry in Abilene to help you stay calm, relaxed, and comfortable during your treatment.

We pride ourselves on maximizing your comfort, and our team of professional and compassionate staff is committed to taking care of you and delivering a positive experience. If you're looking for Abilene dental sedation that is tailored to your needs, Big Country Dental is here to help. Get in touch with us to schedule your appointment.


What Can Sedation Dentistry Address?

Sedation dentistry aims at alleviating anxiety and helping you relax before and during your dental procedure. Some of the reasons you may need sedation dentistry include:

  • Extreme fear of needles, injections, or pain
  • Fear of going to the dentist
  • Anxiety when around dentists
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Unpleasant dental experiences in the past
  • Sensitive oral nerves
  • Receiving a large amount of dental work
  • Difficulty staying still in the dentist's chair

When you come to us for sedation dentistry in Abilene, our team will assess your situation and recommend the best way to maximize your comfort.

Sedation Dentistry for Young Patients & Anxious Adults

Sedation Dentistry in Abilene. Young girl being sedated before dental operation.Kids may become anxious because they dislike the sounds and sights of a dental office. If it's their first time in a dental office, they may feel intimidated. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an effective option for young patients since it's simple, efficient, and safe.

For kids and adults who become nervous during dental procedures, sedation helps them stay calm and feel at ease when receiving treatment. It also reduces fear of future dentist visits. As the lightest form of sedation, nitrous oxide is safe for use in virtually all individuals, including young children, and does not cause drowsiness. The effects wear off quickly after the treatment, so you're able to resume your normal daily activity and drive yourself home afterward. Since nitrous oxide is gentle and easy to use, we can apply it for everything from complex procedures to routine dental cleanings as needed.

Oral Sedation for Adults

We offer oral sedation to adults only. This type of sedation is administered in pill form and provides mild to moderate sedation. If you choose oral sedation, you'll have to take the pill at least one hour before your dental procedure. Our dentist may increase the dose for a more relaxing experience as necessary.

Although oral sedation makes you drowsy, you will be awake during your treatment. In some cases, you may feel relaxed enough to fall asleep, but you can still wake up easily with a simple nudge. You will need a driver before and after your dentist appointment when you opt for oral sedation. We give you the option to choose both oral and nitrous oxide sedation depending on your needs.

IV Sedation for Oral Surgery Procedures

IV sedation provides deeper sedation than other our other options. We administer the medication intravenously, which means you'll feel the effects much faster. IV sedation is a good option for you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or have extreme anxiety. We use IV sedation when performing oral surgery procedures like tooth extractions, implant placements, and bone grafts.

IV sedation makes you feel calm, relaxed, and sleepy, though you won't be fully unconscious. You’ll also have no recollection of your dental procedure when you wake up. Since IV sedation the deepest and most complex form we offer, we start with a consultation to ensure you qualify for the sedation before offering it. We strive to make sure you understand all your options and treatment so you can make an informed choice.

After administering your medication, our assistant will monitor your vitals while we work on your treatment. Due to the strong nature of IV sedation, you will need a driver to take you to and from your appointment.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

We understand that you'll have a lot of questions about your sedation options. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is happy to answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed decision about which sedation option is right for you.

Will I Feel Pain After Dental Sedation?

The main reason for sedation is to keep you calm and relaxed, although it has some pain-reducing properties. Usually, we use sedation combined with a local anesthetic to make your treatment relaxing and to maximize your comfort.

Sedation dentistry has minimal side effects that go away in a few hours. You may experience drowsiness, headache, dry mouth, and feel foggy after your dental procedure. For stronger sedation, you may not remember the entire treatment.

Nitrous oxide sedation wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home after treatment with this option. For oral and IV sedation, you may not need a ride to your sedation dentistry appointment, but you will need someone to drive you home after your treatment. Since the side effects may linger and make it unsafe to go back home on your own, consider arranging a ride home.

Abilene Dental Sedation You Can Trust

Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Regardless of your level of anxiety, our team can help you enjoy a relaxing dental experience with personalized sedation dentistry in Abilene. We care about your comfort and are passionate about giving you a positive dental experience. Contact us today for dental sedation you can trust and enjoy a pleasant experience during your dental treatments.