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Sedation Dentist in Lancaster

Curly haired woman lying downIt’s a fact that many patients, both young and old, suffer from a fear of the dentist. These feelings can occur for a number of reasons, and they may be relatively mild or more severe in nature. At Lancaster Family Smiles, we believe in helping patients feel safe and right at home every time they come in, and the last thing we want is for the families we see to avoid much-needed treatment because of these negative emotions. That’s why Dr. Mahima Gupta offers sedation dentistry as a solution! These techniques are designed to take the edge off anxiety allowing you to achieve genuine relaxation as we improve your oral health. Please contact our Lancaster, TX practice today if you’d like to utilize sedation dentistry during your next appointment! We’re happy to welcome patients from all over the Dallas area and beyond.

In addition to dental-related anxiety and fear, you may be in need of sedation dentistry if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • You have overly sensitive teeth.
  • You’ve had a past dental experience that was traumatic.
  • You’re unable to sit still for long periods of time.
  • You suffer from a resistance to local anesthetics.
  • You’re in need of multiple complex services that can be combined into a single appointment.

Our available sedation options include:

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a safe and easy sedative method that can help you feel much more at ease throughout your procedure in Lancaster. The gas is mixed with oxygen and then administered to patients through a mask that fits over their nose. Dr. Gupta will instruct you to breathe as you normally would, and in just a couple of minutes, you should start to experience feelings of light-headedness, calm, and comfort.

Nitrous oxide has several valuable benefits including:

  • The amount of nitrous oxide the patient is exposed to can be increased or decreased easily during their procedure depending on their personal reaction.
  • While other, more involved sedation methods are effective for only a fixed amount of time, no limitations like that exist with nitrous oxide. The gas will last for the length of your procedure!
  • Best of all, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off incredibly fast, which allows patients to return to school or work and drive themselves home with no downtime and no escort.

Level 1 Sedation

Another method of helping dental patients relax is the use of medications to help reduce anxiety, relieve stress, and create a lulling effect. Dr. Gupta will provide a prescription and instructions for when to take the medication before your scheduled appointment. Depending on the effects, we may require that a trusted friend or family brings you both to and from our Lancaster office. Our team can also combine Level 1 Sedation and nitrous oxide for an increased effect!