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Sedation Dentistry Waco, TX

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Many patients turn to Lake Shore Dental sedation dentistry in Waco, TX to alleviate fear during an appointment. It’s natural to feel anxiety when sitting in the dentist’s chair, but if you find that fear makes you put off visiting the dentist, it’s time to consider sedation dentistry.

Slight sedation takes the edge off and allows you to relax enough to work through the procedure at the dental practice.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Waggener & Dr. Kucera from Lake Shore Dental use this form of dentistry in Waco, TX, to calm and relax you. You will be in a state of deep relaxation during your dental treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry in Waco, TX?

The benefits of Lake Shore Dental’s sedation dentistry in Waco, TX, include:

  • Better comfort
  • Less anxiety
  • A less responsive gag reflex
  • Less discomfort for sensitive teeth
  • Makes it easier to access the care you need

Are There Different Forms of Sedation Dentistry?

Yes, there are a few forms of sedation dentistry, and the dentists at Lake Shore Dental will discuss the options to ensure each patient is comfortable. Dr. Waggener & Dr. Kucera offer sedation dentistry in the following forms:

Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Waco, TX

Nitrous Oxide, more commonly called laughing gas, is one of the simplest options used by Lake Shore Dental. It’s ideal for those who dislike needles or taking medications and has a relatively short lifespan in the body. It relaxes you deeply and slows your reaction time.

The treatment is safe and easy to administer. We place a mask over your nose and pump in the Nitrous Oxide mix, allowing you to inhale and relax more with every breath.

The effects wear off relatively quickly, and you recover enough to drive home as usual.

Oral-Conscious Sedation

Oral-conscious sedation is another extremely popular option for patients at Lake Shore Dental and best suits those who are extremely nervous. It’s more potent than Nitrous Oxide and remains effective for longer. Many patients opt for this level when undergoing more than one dental procedure.

It’s imperative to let Dr. Waggener or Dr. Kucera know about any pharmaceuticals or supplements you take. They need to check for interactions between the sedative agent and the medication you may be taking. Each method is safe as long as you are upfront with your Lake Shore Dental team about your health and current medications.

The primary benefit of this form of sedation is that you remain semi-conscious. You may fall asleep, but it is light sleep that will be easy to wake from, enabling you to communicate with the doctors if necessary.

The sedative will make you groggy, so we recommend having someone drive you. However, it does wear off fairly quickly after your appointment.

Make your dental visits more comfortable with sedation dentistry. Waco, TX, residents can contact Lake Shore Dental at 254-776-7622 to discuss their options with Dr. Waggener & Dr. Kucera.

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