Sedation Dentistry for Odessa, TX

Stay Relaxed with Sedation Dentistry

Do you generally get anxious or scared when getting ready for your dental appointment? Or do you need to undergo a dental procedure, but worried about the pain? With sedation dentistry, Dr. Rangel and our team can help you feel at ease throughout your entire dental experience.

We offer different sedation options to fit the individual needs of our patients. Each option will help diminish your nerves and keep you calm during your dental procedure so Dr. Rangel can work efficiently and effectively. Learn more about sedation dentistry

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Reasons for Sedation

If you’re unsure whether or not sedation is right for you, Dr. Rangel can help determine this with you during your consultation. He will always ensure you feel comfortable moving forward with anything regarding your dental procedure before doing so.

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is anyone who is:

  • Undergoing a complex surgery
  • Scared of the dentist
  • Fearful of needles
  • Unable to get numb easily
  • Susceptible to gagging
  • Phobia of dental tools, sounds, or smells

Our Different Options

We want all of our patients to feel comfortable and confident in the care they receive. Sedation dentistry is here to aid you through your treatment process so you can live with a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are the sedation options we offer.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable with minimal discomfort. Patients will breathe it in through a mask and the effects of the oxide will produce a state of relaxation within minutes.

Oftentimes for dental surgery, a local anesthetic is administered with the nitrous oxide to numb the area and eliminate pain. After your procedure, the nitrous oxide will quickly wear off and most patients are capable of driving themselves home.

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is another option for patients who need to feel more relaxed during their dental procedures. Dr. Rangel will provide you with your sedative in pill or liquid form and you’ll take it typically an hour before treatment.

The medication produces a calming effect to make your visit to our office a much less stressful experience. Oral sedation is simple, safe, and has very few side effects.

Get in Touch with Our Team Today

If you’ve been holding back on visiting the dentist because of anxiety or a phobia, know that sedation dentistry at Laser Smile Center can help. Dr. Rangel and our dedicated team are here to make you visit stress-free and comfortable no matter what procedure you’re receiving. Contact us to learn more about our sedation options today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I choose sedation dentistry?

Dr. Rangel can help you determine whether or not sedation is right for you. Sedation dentistry can cover a wide variety of treatments, so discussing the different types and levels of sedation guide you towards the right choice.

Generally, we’ll also consider the age and health of the patient interested in sedation, as well as check to see if they’re taking any other medications before we move forward the procedure.

What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?

Depending on the type of sedation you receive, you can expect slightly different experiences. With nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your procedure. You’ll begin to feel its effects immediately, making you more tranquil and sleepy.

Oral sedation is also an easy method since you simply need to take a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your appointment. You’ll feel comfortable, yet completely conscious and aware throughout your treatment.

Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?

In some cases, you should be prepared to have someone drive you home after your procedure if the sedatives haven’t worn off. Typically, with nitrous oxide, you’ll be able to drive yourself home. Oral sedation, however, can take longer to wear off so we recommend having a driver.

Our team can review this with you during your consultation so you can plan on this the day of your procedure.


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