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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Most people are nervous when they go in for dental work, often because they anticipate pain. Up to 15% of Americans have such severe anxiety that they don’t get the dental work they need. The dentists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, are experts in sedation dentistry, which is used to relieve anxiety and eliminate pain. The team is dedicated to making you comfortable and providing pain-free dental care, so let us help. Contact us to learn about sedation options.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry incorporates different methods designed to make your dental experience comfortable. The team at About Smiles offers diverse services and medications before your procedure to help reduce stress, anxiety, and fear. They also offer several medications to prevent pain during your dental procedure.

What types of sedation are available at About Smiles?

Many patients are familiar with local anesthesia, which is administered directly to the part of the mouth where the dental work is being performed. However, that’s not the only type of anesthesia offered at About Smiles. We ensure your comfort by offering sedation options that deliver different degrees of anesthesia.

Nitrous oxide: You inhale nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax and reduces anxiety, but you stay awake. Nitrous oxide combined with local anesthesia is a very effective method of pain relief for many patients.

Oral sedation: You’ll take a pill or liquid that will make you drowsy and diminish pain. Depending on the dose given, this type of sedation can be minimal or moderate. Some patients relax enough to fall asleep during the procedure, but they’re not under general anesthesia.

Intravenous (IV) sedation: Sedative medication is administered through your vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This is a high level of sedation, but it’s still not general anesthesia. When you have IV sedation, you’re conscious and in control, which is why it’s sometimes called conscious sedation. This type of sedation puts you in a very comfortable semi-awake state of reduced anxiety.

What should you do if you or your child has severe anxiety or a dental phobia?

Most people are nervous or moderately anxious about going to the dentist to get dental work done. For some people, it’s worse than that. Their anxiety is severe or they have a full-blown dental phobia. If you face this type of extreme emotional challenge, chances are you’ll do anything to avoid getting dental care.

The dentists at About Smiles understand differing levels of anxiety, even severe dental avoidance, and they encourage you to call and talk with them about your challenge. They have extensive experience helping patients manage dental fear.

The team is also great with children. They take children’s fears seriously and love helping them learn that the dentist isn’t scary.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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