Sedation Dentistry in Lubbock, TX

Many people want to visit the dentist but are held back by things like bad experiences and anxiety. Sedation dentistry has made accessing dental care more achievable than ever by helping people like you feel more relaxed during visits. Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Lubbock offers two types of dental sedation that can help you feel at ease during routine treatments or surgical procedures.

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Why Use Sedation Dentistry?

Today, sedation dentistry is more popular than ever because it makes seeing the dentist more enjoyable. We can easily pair sedatives with local anesthetics (numbing medication) to ensure you don’t have to feel a thing during your treatment. 

People with dental phobia or bad experiences may struggle to relax during even the most routine procedures like dental cleanings or fillings. If you share similar concerns, lighter sedation dentistry can calm your nerves but not leave you feeling groggy the rest of the day.

Sedation dentistry also helps patients relax through more advanced dental procedures like dental implants. Our modern dental sedatives put you in a dreamlike state so you can relax but still respond to Dr. Morgan when needed. Keep in mind that you’ll be a bit drowsy for a few hours afterward.

Sedation can even help you streamline your treatments into fewer appointments or one single visit.

Our Sedation Options

We take a careful approach before recommending specific sedatives to our patients. First, Dr. Morgan and the team at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Lubbock will listen to your concerns and evaluate your medical history to see what level of sedation you require. Next, we’ll review your options and plan for the appropriate type of sedation medication to help you achieve your goals.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Our lightest sedation option, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), places you into a very calm state that is often accompanied by a slight euphoric feeling. Almost as if you’ve had a few glasses of wine! We mix the gas with oxygen and administer it through a soft mask. Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting sedative that takes effect after a few minutes and wears off shortly after treatment.

Dentists rely on nitrous oxide sedation because it is safe and effective. Dr. Morgan often uses it for minor dental procedures to reduce anxiety, but it can also help patients undergoing more advanced surgical procedures.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is a stronger sedative that puts you in a dreamlike state that can last for a few hours. We often recommend oral conscious sedation for more extensive procedures like multiple or full-arch implant placement. Dr. Morgan administers this sedative via a pill that patients take roughly one hour before treatment.

Shortly after taking the medication, you will feel very sleepy but remain awake throughout treatment. However, oral conscious sedation is known to have an amnesic effect, so you may not remember all aspects of your dental visit. Since it takes a while to wear off, you’ll need someone to accompany you to your appointment.

What to Expect After Sedation Dentistry

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Sedatives affect everyone differently, but you will most likely feel groggy after oral conscious sedation. Considering this, you will want to clear your schedule after your appointment if you need time to recover.

That said, nitrous oxide sedation wears off quickly for most patients, so you can expect to drive after the appointment. However, oral conscious sedation can last for hours, so you will want to arrange for someone to drive you to and from our office.

Also, please pay attention to what you eat and drink prior to your appointment. Dr. Morgan will inform you of any dietary restrictions, and it is in your best interest to follow these instructions closely.

Experience the Difference with Sedation Dentistry

Dental treatments are easier than ever, thanks to sedation dentistry at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Lubbock. If you’re hesitant to see the dentist, we are confident that our sedation options can give you peace of mind during treatment. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Morgan.

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