• A strong gag reflex
• Conditions that prevent you from holding your mouth open for an extended period, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
• Fear of dental work
• Sensitive teeth
The type of sedation that’s best for you will depend on a number of factors including your general health and the specifics of your dental condition. Dr. Bass offers three types of sedation:
• Oral sedation: The most common type of sedation used for general dentistry and many cosmetic dentistry procedures; consists of a prescription sedative taken prior to your treatment
• Nitrous sedation: Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask prior to your procedure; Dr. Bass is able to control the amount of sedation required for your individual needs
• IV sedation: An intravenous sedative that is suited for patients with extreme anxiety or who require multiple procedures or oral surgery
With each sedation option, you will be in a deep state of relaxation through your treatment and will likely remember little to nothing of the procedure itself. Sedation dentistry can be especially beneficial when multiple procedures are necessary.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and whether it’s the right option for you, please contact the office of Oklahoma sedation dentist Dr. Terry Bass to schedule your consultation.