Sedation Dentistry Austin
Serving Austin, Dripping Springs, Bear Creek, Bee Cave, & Cedar Valley
We know how stressful it can be to see the dentist. Sedation dentistry empowers patients to receive the dental care they need in a calm and relaxed state of mind. At Belterra Dental, we are proud to offer sedation dentistry to help our patients unwind during their dental visit. We offer different sedation options, depending on the level of dental anxiety the patient may experience.
As highly experienced sedation dentistry providers, safety is always our number one priority. Before starting any procedure, our Austin sedation dentists carefully review your medical history. Once you are cleared for the sedation appointment, you will be sent a package that goes over pre-op and post-op instructions. During all sedation appointments, your vital signs, such as heart rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure, are continually monitored by our well-trained medical team.
Types of Dental Sedation
We offer three different types of dental sedation in Austin, depending on your preferences and individual needs:
1. IV Sedation
IV sedation is typically offered for patients in Austin with moderate to severe dental anxiety. Before your appointment, your sedation dentist will go over your health history in detail to make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure. We will then send you our pre-op and post-op instructions before your appointment. Once you come in for your IV sedation appointment, your dentist will start the procedure by administering medicine intravenously or directly into your bloodstream. This will quickly help you drift into a dream-like state. You will be fully conscious during the IV sedation dental procedure, but your memory of your appointment will likely be fuzzy. It will feel like you were in and out of the office in a flash.
2. Oral Conscious Sedation
If you have mild to moderate anxiety, oral sedation is typically a good option for you. Based on your medical history, your sedation dentist in Austin will give you a prescription for an oral medicine that you will pickup at the pharmacy. You will then take the medicine orally, typically 1 hour before your appointment. During the appointment, you will be fully awake, but the medicine will help keep you calm and relaxed. In addition, the sedation dentist may decide to also administer Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the visit. The combination of the oral medicine and nitrous oxide creates a synergistic effect to increase the relaxed state you will be in.
3. Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is used to help decrease mild dental anxiety. It is administered by inhaling the gas through your lungs during the visit. It is very safe, and the effects of the gas are completely reversed with 100% oxygen level after the dental procedure is complete. Once Nitrous Oxide is administered you should feel a sense of weightlessness and calm during your dental appointment. You will not need a chaperone or driver to take you home after. This is the most cost-effective and least invasive method to reduce dental anxiety.
We also offer headphones and ceiling mounted TVs to watch Netflix and listen to Pandora during all dental appointments. This helps you catch up on your favorite show or sit back and listen to your favorite artist while your dental visit just flies by.
The cost of sedation dentistry varies depending on the type of sedation you receive. Typically, IV sedation is the most expensive; oral conscious sedation is less expensive, and nitrous oxide is the most cost effective. Sedation is typically not covered by dental insurance, however we are currently offering a discounted price for IV sedation. Please click here for our current rate.
Sedation Dentists in Austin,TX
Belterra Dental offers sedation dentistry in Austin, Texas. While our dental office is located in Austin, we offer dental implants for patients in Belterra, Dripping Springs, Cedar Valley, Bear Creek, Bee Cave, Oak Hill, Sunset Valley, 78736, 78737 and the surrounding Texas areas. To learn more about our sedation options or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today or give our office a call at (512) 646-4022.