sedation dentistry faqs

Serving Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin, Texas


What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of administering a sedative to a dental patient before their dental appointment. The purpose is to ensure that the patient remains calm, relaxed, and anxiety free.


Will I be awake during the procedure?

Yes, you will remain conscious during the procedure and able to respond.


What kinds of sedation dentistry techniques do you use?

The first is an oral medication taken by the patient one or two hours before the procedure. Alternatively, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available to relax the patient.


What is the difference between sedation and sleep dentistry?

Sedation dentistry does not render the patient unconscious, but keeps them in a relaxed, sedated state. In sleep dentistry, the patient is put under general anesthesia by a certified anesthesiologist and remains completely unconscious during the procedure.


Why don't you perform sleep dentistry?

We feel it could put the patient at undue risk. The sedation used in sleep dentistry is stronger, patients cannot respond, it can have adverse affects and requires an anesthesiologist to administer it and monitor the patient. We believe the sedation dentistry is just as effective, yet safer.


Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

If you are extremely nervous or anxious about an upcoming procedure, sedation dentistry is probably a good option for you. Contact Dr. Holley or Dr. Duncan today to find out more.


If you are located in the Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown, Texas area and you would like to improve your smile for any reason, contact us today to schedule a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.