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At Cynthia L. Graves, DDS, we’re known for our extra gentle touch to help even our patients with dental anxiety feel comfortable and safe. At times, a patient with certain needs—such as sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex or a very low pain threshold–will select sedation dentistry to achieve a truly relaxing experience throughout their treatment. Call us for details!

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Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Graves is accredited by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to provide sedation dentistry, a carefully regulated discipline, right here in our Austin, TX facility.

Sedation techniques are extremely safe when administered by an experienced dentist, and allow you to design your dental experience to suit your needs. There are different levels and types of sedation, depending on your needs:

  • Oral Conscious Sedation: his level of sedation often comes in the form of a small pill that can be taken just before your visit to the dentist. You will feel the benefits of gentle relaxation set in before any dental treatment begins, and will still be aware of your surroundings.
  • Nitrous (Laughing Gas): Nitrous oxide is a commonly used form of sedation dentistry that can be gently inhaled to provide effortless relaxation for a wide range of dental treatments. Dentists everywhere continue to use nitrous sedation to calm dental anxiety and create a positive and safe environment for patients both young and old.
  • IV Sedation For Oral Surgery: If you require more complex dental care including oral surgery, you may be a good candidate for IV sedation. This is a deeper level of sedation, where it is not uncommon to doze off during treatment while our team carefully monitors your health during treatment. Patients typically have little to no memory of the procedure within 24 hours after their experience with IV sedation dentistry.

If you are considering sedation dentistry to ease your dental experience, the most common method of sedation is nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is very easy to administer and lasts just long enough for your treatment. You’ll feel like yourself again by the time you leave our office.

For deeper levels of sedation, ask us about oral sedation (in the form of a pill) or intravenous (IV) sedation if you require oral surgery.

Is Sedation is Right for You?

If you believe you are a nervous or sensitive patient, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for. It is also beneficial for people who require extensive dental work because we’re able to take more time to perform a treatment, thereby reducing the number of visits required to complete the work.

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Your eligibility for sedation dentistry will depend on a few factors, such as health history, current dental condition and specific needs. The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry is to talk with Dr. Graves. Call our office at (512)-258-8001 today to explore your options with sedation dentistry.

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