Sedation Dentistry

At Rowlett Smiles, we understand that for some patients, going to the dentist is downright terrifying.

Many patients report having a bad dental experience, sometimes as a child, and it often keeps them from getting much-needed dental care.

We never want fear or anxiety to hold our patients back, and for this reason Dr. Boren offers options for sedation that will help you comfortably receive the dental treatment you deserve.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a breathable gas administered through a mask during your dental procedure. It works quickly to help you feel calm, happy, and at ease. It also exits your system just as quickly so you’ll be able to participate in your normal daily activities and drive yourself home after your appointment.

Nitrous can be used for most types of dental appointments from standard cleanings and check-ups to more complex procedures such as crown work and root canal therapy. It’s also safe for children, and for many patients, it takes the edge off enough to help them complete their procedures.

Oral Sedation

Another option for patients who need more assistance is oral sedation. This is administered in the form of a prescription pill taken prior to your appointment. Oral sedation allows you to relax deeply yet remain awake and able to respond to Dr. Boren.

Oral sedation is a great option for longer or multiple procedures, as you’ll feel relaxed and have little to memory of what went on during your appointment. It does require that you have transportation to and from your appointment, and you should plan to just relax for the rest of your day as your sedative wears off slowly.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is typically a combination of a pill and a medication administered through an IV while your heart rate and vital signs are continually monitored. This type of sedation is ideal for:

  • Patients who have extreme fear or anxiety about dental procedures
  • Completing multiple and more complex procedures
  • Patients who have a strong gag reflex
  • Fear of needles and shots
  • Difficulty getting numb

While you’ll still be responsive with this form of sedation, you’ll be completely relaxed, probably feel drowsy, and likely have no memory of your appointment. You will need transportation to and from your appointment, and it’s a good idea for someone to stay with you until the sedatives wear off completely.

Dr. Boren is licensed by the American Dental Association to perform sedation dentistry, and he’s had over 30 years of experience in helping patients receive high quality dental care.

You can rest assured that you’re in highly skilled hands when you choose to work with Dr. Boren, and we encourage you to contact our office to learn more about sedation.