If you have dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex, or you are in need of oral surgery like a tooth extraction or implant placement, Dr. Munoz can help. We offer sedation dentistry in McAllen, and can ensure that you feel safe and comfortable throughout your entire treatment at North Park Dental. Learn more about sedation dentistry by contacting us today.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of anti-anxiety medication to help patients relax and get the dental care they need. It is commonly used for patients who have dental anxiety.
Minor cases of dental anxiety may cause you to simply feel nervous about dentistry or uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair. However, more severe cases of dental anxiety or phobia can result in panic attacks and fear as soon as you step into a dentist’s office, and prevent you from getting proper oral care to keep your smile healthy.
There are many different types of sedation. At our office, we use laughing gas for pain-free dentistry. We can provide sedation for almost any treatment at North Park Dental, so just let our team know that you are interested when you’re scheduling your appointment.
The biggest benefit of sedation dentistry is that it helps you overcome dental anxiety and get the treatment you need to keep your mouth healthy. However, even if you do not suffer from dental anxiety, you can benefit from sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry, along with numbing, ensures that you won’t feel any discomfort during your procedure. It also makes it easier for you to sit through a lengthy appointment.
In addition, sedation dentistry can help if you have a very strong gag reflex. It can also help you overcome your fear of needles, which may be a problem if you need to have your mouth numbed for a treatment like a filling.
Sedation with laughing gas involves breathing through a comfortable nose mask to inhale the anti-anxiety medication. Dr. Munoz will control your dosage to ensure you get the proper care throughout your treatment.
When inhaled, laughing gas produces feelings of happiness, euphoria, and disconnectedness from your body. It also functions as an analgesic (pain reliever), which helps prevent discomfort.
One of the best benefits of laughing gas is that the medication wears off very quickly. It has very few side effects, so you can drive yourself home after your appointment, or even go back to work, if necessary.
"I love being able to make a positive impact on my patients’ mood and self image."
– Dr. Muñoz