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Sedation Dentistry – Portales, NM

Don’t Be Afraid; Just Relax

Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety? Dr. Thompson and our staff want you to know that your concerns are taken seriously and that we have a solution for you. Don’t let a minor dental problem progress into a major (not to mention costly) issue because of your dental fear and anxiety. Let us help you get the care you need today with sedation dentistry in Portales, NM. With sedation, we can complete everything from routine exams and cleanings to more complex treatments while you sleep comfortably in a single visit!

Why Choose Peter L. Thompson, DDS for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Licensed for IV Dental Sedation
  • Caring Dental Team
  • Relaxing Dental Office

What is Sedation Dentistry?

If the very thought of going to the dentist makes you anxious and scared, your Portales dentist, Dr. Thompson’s use of sedation dentistry may be an excellent option for you. Sedation dentistry has been practiced safely and effectively for over thirty years, for all kinds of dental procedures from routine cleanings to complicated dental reconstructions.

Sedation is different than general anesthetic. Where general anesthetic is designed to completely put you under, block pain, and requires assisted breathing, sedation is more like a light nap. Sedation requires additional anesthetic if necessary, and will create a meditative, dream-like state between being awake and asleep. Some patients do relax enough to fall asleep entirely, but you will be easily awakened and able to respond to the doctor.

Sedation does produce amnesic effects, meaning your appointment will feel like it went by in the blink of an eye, and you won’t remember the details. For many patients, sedation can actually eliminate the crippling fears they once had around going to the dentist.

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Relaxed patient receiving nitrous oxide sedation dentistry

If you consider your anxiety to be mild or moderate, then nitrous oxide is often the best choice. It can be used to induce a state of relaxation, but it also wears off in just a few minutes once you stop breathing it in, so it doesn’t prevent you from carrying on with the rest of your day. The nitrous oxide will be mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small mask; you’ll start to feel happy and at ease within a few seconds of breathing it in.

IV Dental Sedation

If you are extremely nervous or fearful of dental care, or if you need a complex procedure that will take a long time to complete, IV sedation is often highly recommended. We simply deliver the sedative into the bloodstream via a needle inserted into the vein, and we adjust the level of sedation as needed throughout the appointment. You’ll need someone else to drive you home and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day, as it takes time to fully recover from IV sedation’s effects.