Dental anxiety keeping you from going to the dentist? What you need to know about sedation dentistry.

Dental anxiety keeps many people from going to the dentist, meaning that they aren’t getting the care necessary to ensure long-term oral health. Inevitably, this means that many people avoid preventative care and only go to the dentist when it’s necessary, costly, and, oftentimes, painful. If dental anxiety is keeping you from getting the healthcare you need, then it’s time to look into other options.

If you have severe, or any, dental anxiety, talk to your Austin dentist about your options. Drug-induced sedation dentistry is an option at most dental practices, but that isn’t your only option. New technologies have come out that allow you to relax enough without drugs.

Types of sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry of any kind helps you get the dental care that you need to protect your long-term oral and overall health. Talk with your dentist about the options available to you. Not all types of sedation dentistry are available to you at every practice, so finding a dentist you trust with the sedation techniques you need is essential to your oral health success.

Verbal sedation

Verbal sedation can actually be really beneficial for many patients. Essentially, your dentist can calmly talk to you and talk you through your procedure. Whether you’re getting a routine cleaning or a cavity filled, verbal sedation can help you relax and feel at ease.

Trusting your dentist is the key to successful verbal sedation—really, it’s the key to long-term oral health. Be sure to find a dentist that you trust if you’re going to try this option.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is the most common type of sedation in dentistry. Because of how quickly nitrous oxide works and how quickly it leaves your system, nitrous oxide is a great choice for people with dental anxiety. If this is the option you choose, you will inhale the nitrous oxide and let it relax you. Your dentist will be in control of how much you inhale. One of the best parts about nitrous oxide is that once your procedure is over, you will be able to drive yourself home.

For many procedures, nitrous oxide can help you relax enough to be comfortable getting the necessary care you need.


NuCalm® is a sedation dentistry system that can help you relax naturally, putting you at ease and allowing you to get the dental care you need to be the healthiest version of you.

This innovative system allows you to relax completely without drugs or nitrous oxide. Instead, it works with your body’s natural stress response to calm your automatic nervous system with their patented topical cream and cranial electrotherapy stimulation.

Learn more about NuCalm® Sedation Dentistry here.

Why you need to talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry

Skipping regular dental appointments has serious health consequences. Your oral health is an indicator of your overall health. In fact, gum disease may actually increase your risk of certain conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and some medical conditions have oral health-related symptoms (

Protecting your oral health is protecting your overall health. If anxiety keeping you from regularly visiting your dentist, call us today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you achieve optimal wellness.