We understand that many patients fear the discomfort of root canal treatment. Some patients may even ignore pain and avoid treatment due to dental phobias. Neglecting your oral health can lead to tooth loss, disease, and overall health problems. Don’t let nervousness or apprehension keep you from seeking the dental care you need. At Maupin Endodontics and Microsurgery, we offer sedation to ease you into your procedure and provide you with a soothing experience.
Sedation can give you the peace of mind you need in order to undergo endodontic treatment. Depending upon your unique circumstance, Dr. Maupin will make recommendations for the type of sedation that best suits your needs. At our Lubbock endodontic office, we offer three types of sedation: nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation.
Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. In our office, we administer nitrous oxide to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. After you’re comfortably seated in the dental chair, you’ll inhale the gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) through a face mask. We will control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so Dr. Maupin can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove your mask, so if nitrous is the only anesthesia you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.
Oral sedation is a very simply and appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely-prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients relax.
Your anxiety level will help the dentist determine dosage, which in turn determines your consciousness level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed they drift off into a restful sleep during their dental procedures. Throughout your appointment, we will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose oral sedation, you must have a responsible adult who can drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you after the appointment until the sedative wears off completely.
Why choose oral sedation?
In general, patients choose oral sedation if they:
experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
put off important dental treatment because of fear
have a sensitive gag reflex
have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back problems
Reliable intravenous (IV) sedation techniques let you rest comfortably while receiving the dental care you need and want. If fear keeps you from necessary treatment, ask us about IV sedation to ease you through any procedure.
While mostly used for oral surgeries or time-consuming procedures, IV sedation can alleviate severe anxiety and phobias associated with dentists, needles, and drills to make any dental procedure pleasant. In addition, patients with sensitive gag reflexes and those with TMJ or other neuromuscular disorders that make it hard to keep their mouths open for long periods of time often benefit from IV sedation. We will consult with you to determine your anxiety level and decide whether IV sedation is safe for you, based on medical history and present health conditions.
The sedative dosage we administer correlates to the intensity of your anxiety or discomfort. IV sedation allows us unprecedented control over relaxation levels, so we can tailor the sedation to your specific needs. Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed, drowsy, or you may fall asleep completely. Typically, patients remain conscious and can respond to questions but do not experience extreme nervousness or discomfort, remembering little about the appointment afterwards.
As with any procedure we perform, your physical safety remains our top concern. To prepare for an appointment in which you will receive IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to your procedure, except for prescription medications, unless advised otherwise. While you are under sedation, we closely monitor blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. After your dental work, we stop the IV and let you rest comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes before you leave our office. If necessary, we prescribe pain management medication after your visit, particularly after an oral surgery. You must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home from your appointment and remain with you until drowsiness wears off. You should be able to resume normal activities the day after the appointment.
We understand your fear about visiting the dentist, as well as your desire for healthy, beautiful teeth. We can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with the compassionate care you deserve. Ask us if IV sedation is right for you!
At Maupin Endodontics and Microsurgery, we’re committed to your comfort and well-being as much as your oral health. We can restore your smile with gentle, conservative endodontic treatment.
Whether you are a referral, or are in need of our services for tooth pain, contact our Lubbock, Texas office.
Our practice also serves patients in Plainview, Brownfield, and Levelland, Texas, as well as Roswell, Hobbs, and Clovis, New Mexico.
6010 82nd St. Suite 300 Lubbock, TX 79424
Phone: (806) 589-3390
Fax: (806) 589-3392
Mon – Thur: 7:30 – 5:30
Fridays: 7:00 –12:00
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