What Treatments Require Dental Sedation?

November 21, 2022 7:23 pm
woman undergoing dental sedation before oral surgery

Dental sedation helps patients with dental anxiety, but even if you’re comfortable at the dentist, we recommend dental sedation for longer, more complex procedures. What treatments require dental sedation? Here are three examples:

Root Canals

Root canals are the go-to treatment for tooth infections. We drill a tiny hole in the affected tooth, clean out the infection, and seal the tooth. To keep the tooth strong, we place a dental crown, as well. We use a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel pain, but many patients like to use dental sedation, as well.

Tooth Extractions

When a tooth is damaged or infected, we always try to save it, but if that’s not possible, we’ll extract it. We also sometimes need to pull teeth if they’re too crowded or it’s part of an orthodontic treatment plan. Dental sedation keeps you calm and relaxed while a local anesthetic numbs your mouth, so the extraction isn’t painful.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. The process begins with surgery, so you’ll need dental sedation. We put a titanium post into your gums, replacing the lost tooth root. As you heal, the post fuses with your jawbone. We then attach an artificial tooth to the implant.

Dental Sedation at Cherry Blossom Family Dentistry in Burleson, Dallas, & Keller, Texas

At our office, we provide two types of dental sedation. Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is the mildest form of sedation. It takes just a few minutes to kick in and wears off soon after we remove the mask. Oral conscious sedation is taken in pill form at a set time before your appointment, so you’ll feel dreamy and relaxed through your treatment. You’ll stay conscious during both types of sedation. Do you have questions or want to schedule an appointment? Please contact us today at one of our dental offices in Dallas, Keller, or Burleson, and we’d love to see you!

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