Not everyone who receives dental care will need sedation dentistry, though many patients can benefit from it regardless of the dental treatment they are to receive. Administered in a variety of ways, dental sedation can help anxious patients relax so they can receive the treatment they need. It can also help Dr. Cornelius perform extensive restorative procedures faster and more comfortably, minimizing the amount of time that you must spend in the dental chair.

Choosing the Right Dental Sedation Method

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a mask, and then exhaled. The sedative effects that nitrous oxide (NO2) produces are mild, and usually wear off immediately after your procedure is completed and the mask removed.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is taken as a pill or liquid, and produces a more potent sedative effect than laughing gas. Depending on the level of sedation you need, you may take a pill the night before your appointment, and then another before the procedure begins. Though more effective than nitrous oxide, oral sedation still allows you to remain conscious and responsive.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Intravenous sedation is the most powerful form of dental sedation, and involves delivering the sedative directly into your bloodstream. For optimal comfort and safety, Dr. Cornelius works closely with a trained anesthesiologist who will carefully monitor your vital signs and level of sedation throughout your procedure. Though you may feel almost like you are asleep, you will still remain responsive under IV sedation, and able to respond to prompts from the doctor.

Relax with Dental Sedation

Whether you are fearful of visiting the dentist, or simply want a more relaxing experience during your treatment, ask Dr. Cornelius if you can benefit from dental sedation. To find out which treatment is right for you, call Dr. Cornelius’ office in Keller, TX, at 817-431-4200. We proudly the serve the residents of Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, North Richland Hills, and all surrounding communities.

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