Lubbock, Texas family practice offers sedation dentistry options

Dental anxiety often stems from a previous negative experience at the dentist’s office. It may also be a reaction to having another person in one’s “personal space.” Regardless of what causes dental anxiety, Dr. Cole Sutak of Lone Star Smiles is pleased to provide a solution: sedation dentistry. Lubbock, Texas, area patients interested in getting dental work done but are inhibited by their dental anxieties will want to ask our team about the advantages of using sedation methods to overcome anxiety and get necessary dental work completed.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is best described as an area of dentistry that focuses on ensuring patients are relaxed and comfortable during any dental treatment. With the use of sedation methods, patients are at ease during their visit and will be able to have dental work completed while fully relaxed. Dr. Cole Sutak of Lone Star Smiles offers two methods of sedation at his practice, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation.

  • Nitrous oxide sedation – with nitrous oxide sedation, patients will be relaxed almost immediately when administered this colorless, odorless gas. Sometimes referred to by patients as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gas that can be easily administered—and easily reversed—by our dental team. Patients feel comfortable minutes after it has been administered and can relax while having their dental treatments done. They are fully awake and coherent, and when the dental work is done, they can transport themselves back to work or home afterwards when oxygen is administered.
  • Oral conscious sedation – alternatively, patients with more severe anxieties may require oral conscious sedation. This method of sedation requires patients to pick up a prescription sedative at their pharmacy and take approximately one hour before their appointment. They need to be dropped off and picked up by someone they trust. Patients are coherent during their appointment and can follow instructions. When sent home to rest, they often awake from their rest with no recollection of their appointment—but their dental work is complete!

Ready for a positive experience at the dental office?

Ask Dr. Cole Sutak about the benefits of sedation dentistry at his Lubbock, Texas, area practice. The office can be reached by calling (806) 666-1099 and accepts new patients in the community.