Sedation Dentistry – Coppell, TX

Stay Relaxed During Your Surgery

Dr. Steele is well-known for the gentle care he provides. He and the rest of our team at Steele Dental truly care about your comfort, and that’s reflected in every service that we offer. Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming appointment? Don’t hesitate to let us know when you call our oral surgery office; we will make whatever accommodations you need to stay comfortable during your visit, and that includes providing a suitable form of sedation dentistry in our Coppell, TX oral surgery office.

Why Choose Steele Dental for Sedation Dentistry?

  • The Best Customer Service Available
  • Highly Skilled, Gentle, Caring Doctor
  • A Friendly, Tight-Knit Oral Surgery Office Team

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Patient with nitrous oxide sedation dentistry mask in place

Milder forms of dental anxiety can be handled with nitrous oxide sedation. A mask is placed on your nose for the duration of your treatment so that you can breathe in a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This will keep you in a relaxed, euphoric state as we’re giving your smile the care it needs. If necessary, we can adjust the level of sedation throughout your visit. Unlike other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide will wear off quickly enough for you to return to your normal routine.

Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

Patient receiving treatment under oral conscious dental sedation

A pill will be provided before your appointment. At a specified time, you’ll take the pill so that it starts to take effect once we’re ready to begin the procedure. You won’t be unconscious, but time will seem to pass quickly, and you’ll be in a euphoric state where the sights and sounds of your treatment won’t bother you. You’ll need to arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure.

IV Conscious Dental Sedation

We can deliver a strong sedative directly into your bloodstream to soothe even the most severe dental phobia or to make it easier for you to stay calm and still during a lengthy treatment. Like nitrous oxide, IV sedation can be adjusted as needed to keep you safe and comfortable at all times. Note that while IV sedation is often referred to as “twilight dentistry”, you’ll remain conscious, meaning you can respond to any requests we make of you during your appointment.

IV Sedation

IV sedation may be necessary if you have severe dental anxiety or if you’re planning on undergoing a procedure that will take a long time. The medication for this type of sedation is delivered directly to your bloodstream, and as a result, it will only take a few minutes for you to start feeling relaxed. Keep in mind that with this type of sedation, you’ll need to make arrangements to have someone you trust to drive you home, as it will take the rest of the day for the effects to completely wear off.

What Is IV Sedation?

Close-up of medical drip for IV sedation in Coppell, TX

IV is short for intravenous, which typically refers to medication that is administered straight to the bloodstream via one of your veins. We typically use a vein in the top of your hand or the underside of your elbow. IV sedation puts you in a very deep state of relaxation, but you’ll remain conscious and able to follow any instructions we give you.

We always put the safety of our patients first, so you can rest assured that our team will keep a close eye on your vitals the entire time you’re under the effects of IV sedation. That said, you’ll be entirely at ease with your situation, and you’ll be unbothered by what’s going on around you.

The effects of IV sedation will continue to linger once your procedure is complete. Plan on resting for the remainder of the day, and make sure that you have a friend or family member that you trust to watch over you.

Who Is a Good Candidate for IV Sedation? 

Patient leaning back in chair looking highly relaxed

There are multiple kinds of sedation to choose from, and the type that’s right for you depends on the specifics of your situation. IV sedation may be your best option if:

  • You have very high levels of fear or anxiety when it comes to oral surgery or dental work in general.
  • You are undergoing a particularly complex or lengthy procedure.
  • You have a gag reflex that might get in the way of your treatment.
  • You have a condition like TMJ disorder that can make it hard to keep your mouth open for a long period of time.

To make sure that you’re a candidate for IV sedation, we will need to review your health history and ask about any medications you might be taking. We will only move forward once we’re sure that IV sedation is safe for you.

The Benefits of IV Sedation

Male patient in denim jacket leaning back in chair and smiling

You won’t have to wait very long for the effects of IV sedation to kick in, and the medication can help soothe even the most severe cases of dental anxiety. We have complete control over the flow of the sedative, allowing us to make the necessary adjustments to keep you relaxed at all times. In many cases, people who receive IV sedation have little to no memory of their treatment afterward, which is good news for those who find the idea of oral surgery stressful.

General Anesthesia

Patient under general anesthesia during oral surgery

For certain surgeries, it’s necessary to use general anesthesia to put you in a sleep-like state. While you’re unconscious, you won’t experience any discomfort, and your brain won’t respond to pain signals or reflexes during the procedure. General anesthesia is usually recommended for involved procedures that take a long time. It’s safe for most people, even those with significant health conditions. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day after the surgery, as the aftereffects of general anesthesia tend to linger.