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Soothe Nerves with Your Sedation Dentists

Group of kids blowing bubblesSadly, fear of the dentist is a common problem among patients of all ages. Maybe these feelings are related to a bad experience you had as a child, or maybe the sights and sounds of a typical practice are just too much for your son or daughter to handle. Whatever the reason is, our doctors and staff members at Rio Dental & Orthodontics understand what you’re going through, and we want to help create a much more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for our valued patients – that’s why we’ve invested in sedation dentistry. These techniques help foster calmness and reduce the intensity of negative emotions, whether they’re mild or very severe. Contact us today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you and your loved ones, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. We have two convenient locations in Irving and Farmers Branch, TX!

Our available sedation dentistry options include:

Young boy with slicked back hair smilingNitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is a very mild sedative that is inhaled through a nasal mask. Within a few minutes of breathing in the gas, patients should feel relaxed and at ease. This procedure is very safe for both children and adults, and the effects wear off quickly after the mask is removed. This means that patients can go back to their daily routines with virtually no downtime!

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Young girl wearing beanie with big smileOral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is administered through medication; our team will provide the medication on site. Once the medication’s effect begins, patients should enter a deep state of comfort. It’s even likely that they won’t remember much about their treatment once it’s completed. When using oral conscious sedation, we require that patients have a family member or friend escort them to our office and back home again.

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Young boy smiling from ear to earGeneral Anesthesia (“Sleep Dentistry”)

For those patients where oral sedation and/or nitrous are ineffective, general anesthesia in a hospital setting is also an available procedure at Rio Dental & Orthodontics.  Dr. Choy is currently on staff with both Children’s Hospital Dallas and Park Central Surgical Center and is able to treat his patients here while they are sleeping.  In addition to Dr. Choy, there is a fantastic team of pediatric anesthesiologists, nurses and assistants treating your child safely and effectively.  Performing procedures in the hospital, Dr. Choy can finish all treatment necessary in one visit and atraumatically.

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