Sedation Dentistry

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

If you have been putting off important dental work because you are uncomfortable or anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is more common than many people realize. Whether it’s due to a bad experience you had in the past or a general fear of certain dental tools and procedures, Dr. Terry Bass and his experienced cosmetic dentistry team can help put you at ease with sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry involves using safe medication that puts in you in a restful, semi-conscious state during your visit. Depending on your level of anxiety, Dr. Bass offers several sedation dentistry options to help you relax, including:

• Oral sedation – You will take a safe pill that puts you into a deeply-relaxed state. Although you are still awake during treatment, most patients have no memory of the actual treatment process.

• Nitrous sedation – This method requires you to inhale nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) before your treatment. Like oral sedation, you will remain awake and responsive, but will probably not remember the procedure itself.

• IV sedation – For patients with a high level of anxiety who may be resistant to the effects of oral or nitrous sedation, the IV method will deliver medication directly into your bloodstream, putting you in a deeper state of relaxation.

If you choose to take advantage of sedation dentistry, ask someone to drive you home from the office, as the medication can take a few hours to completely wear off. Dr. Bass can discuss any questions or concerns you have about sedation dentistry during a personal consultation.

Dental anxiety shouldn’t stop you from getting the important dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile. Please contact our experienced sedation dentistry team today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terry Bass, DDS. We serve patients in Lawton, Norman, Edmond, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.