Pain & Anxiety Control
Many patients encounter a high degree of stress preceding and during dental procedures. We understand that some people are so frightened of dental treatment that they will not seek necessary treatment. Ingleside Dental Associates solves this problem in a variety of ways, uniquely tailored to the individual patient. Your doctor will know which is appropriate for your procedure. We can provide dental sedation in three forms: Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous conscious sedation.
Nitrous Oxide, or "laughing gas," has proven its effectiveness and safety time and time again for short dental procedures. Nitrous Oxide is a sedative gas that you inhale through a small mask over your nose. It not only produces a sense of relaxation but also offers some light pain relief as well.
Oral Sedation is one of the newest methods of anxiety control in dentistry. Taken as a pill in the office one hour prior to the procedure, it is very well received by patients.
IV Sedation, also known as deep conscious sedation, allows your dentist to put medication straight into your bloodstream. During the procedure, you will be completely asleep and unaware of the procedure being performed. When you awake, you will need some assistance from family or friends for a short period. IV sedation can be used for any procedure if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety, but in most situations, dentists reserve this total unconscious sedation dentistry technique for long oral procedures or particularly difficult ones like wisdom teeth removal or root canals.