September 17, 2018

Dental anxiety often occurs as the result of a traumatic past dental experience, but it can also occur as the result of a general anxiety disorder. Regardless of its cause, dental anxiety can lead to poor oral health. When you suffer from dental anxiety, it’s difficult to visit the dentist regularly for preventative care, so you’re more likely to develop cavities and other problems that require treatment. Fortunately, Dr. Darrell Steele and his staff at Steele Dental offer sedation dentistry to ease your mind and help you receive the dental care you need without feeling anxious or afraid.

Types of Sedation

Dr. Steele is an accomplished oral surgeon who has a great deal of compassion for patients with dental anxiety. To ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible while receiving the care you need, he offers several different types of sedation dentistry:

  • Intravenous (IV) sedation
  • Oral sedation
  • Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)

These safe and effective sedation methods give Dr. Steele the ability to administer three different levels of sedation: deep, moderate and minimal. Deep sedation is only administered to patients who are undergoing complicated, invasive procedures or who have severe anxiety. Patients under deep sedation are typically in a sleep state but can still be awakened as needed. Moderate sedation is commonly administered to patients with moderate to severe anxiety. It allows them to respond to stimuli and directions, but most patients don’t remember anything about the procedure once the sedation wears off. Minimal sedation in the form of nitrous oxide is one of the most popular types. It allows the patient to remain awake during the procedure, but induces feelings of relaxation and even euphoria.

Schedule Your Anxiety-Free Appointment

If you suffer from dental anxiety, there is hope. Contact Steele Dental in Coppell, TX and schedule a sedation dentistry appointment with Dr. Steele to experience firsthand how relaxing and comfortable treatment from a skilled oral surgeon can be!



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