Sedation Dentistry in Needville

If you feel embarrassed about your dental anxiety, don’t be. Millions of people worldwide have some apprehension about visiting the dentist. Sometimes it prevents them from following through with oral health care, which is where sedation dentistry comes in.

At Needville Family Dentistry, Dr. Jennifer Kunkel and offer services that promote excellent oral health. By offering dental sedation, we can help dispel any anxious feelings you have and let you comfortably get the care you need.

How Can Sedation Dentistry Benefit Me?

woman looking frightened while sitting in dental chairDental anxiety takes many different forms. Some patients get nervous about the smells and sounds of a dental office, while others may recall a bad dental experience in the past.

The goal of sedation dentistry is to help our Needville patients overcome their initial fear of dental visits. When we do, we can help them see that they are in a safe space with people who care about them.

Patients who benefit from dental sedation often experience the following:

  • General anxiety about dental visits
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Dread the thought of injections
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Need extensive dental work during one appointment
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Trouble keeping their mouth open for long periods

However, sometimes a patient would just like a more relaxing experience during a routine dental exam or cleaning, and dental sedation helps them too!

What Type of Dental Sedation Is Right for Me?

As you can see, the reasons for dental anxiety are wide and varied. That’s why our dentists in Needville offer two types of sedation to address your unique situation.

Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide is commonly referred to as “laughing gas” or “silly gas” because of the pleasant, happy feelings it produces. Patients inhale a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen during their appointment and, in a few minutes, start to feel its relaxing effects.

Patients in Needville who have to go back to a busy day appreciate that nitrous oxide leaves no drowsy after-effects. Because we administer pure oxygen for several minutes after your procedure, you will feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready to get on with your busy day.

Oral Conscious Sedation

woman smiling in dental chair Some patients prefer a stronger level of sedation than nitrous alone provides. In this case, Dr. Kunkel will prescribe a sedative that you take in the office after you arrive for your appointment. Once the medication takes effect, you will begin to feel very calm.

The effects of oral conscious sedation last for several hours, so we can complete your procedure and ensure that you remain comfortable. Sometimes patients get so relaxed that they drift off to sleep!

Your safety is crucial to us, so please note that you will need someone to drive you safely to and from our dental office if you choose oral sedation.

Can Sedation Dentistry Benefit You?

It's crucial to protect your oral health by maintaining routine dental visits. Using sedation dentistry, we help patients in Needville, Wharton, Boling-Lago, Fairchilds, Crabb, and surrounding communities get the vital treatment they need. Please let us know that you are interested so we can help you at your next appointment.