A comfortable experience for every patient.
Anxiety about dental procedures is common, but we believe you shouldn’t have to suffer or avoid the care you need because of it. Our safe and proven sedation dentistry options allow you to maintain your oral health in a way that works for you.
Sedation Dentistry Services in Nashville, TN
Our team takes the time to listen carefully to your concerns and identify your oral health needs. We’ll work with you every step of the way to determine what type of sedation dentistry will be the best fit for you.
Learn more about the sedation dentistry services Dr. Jones and Dr. Estes offer patients in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, and Cool Springs.
Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
The most commonly used method for calming patients in the dental office, nitrous oxide “laughing gas” is combined with oxygen and breathed in through the nose while your dental work is being completed. Patients often describe a warm, tingling or euphoric sensation when at an ideal level of nitrous oxide sedation. You remain awake while breathing laughing gas and, after breathing 100% oxygen for several minutes following treatment, you are safe to drive, get back to work and otherwise get on with your day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you want deeper sedation than laughing gas can offer, oral conscious sedation may be perfect for you. This approach uses a combination of medications to keep you relaxed during your entire visit. A sedative taken the night before your appointment helps you get a good night’s rest and another is taken an hour before your appointment and given in the office as needed to keep you relaxed. Other than keeping you comfortable, a major benefit is having little, if any, memory of your time in the dental chair. As the name suggests, you remain conscious during this type of sedation. Although you may sleep, you are breathing on your own and all your protective reflexes are intact. You will be able to communicate with us if anything is uncomfortable or needed (like a restroom break). A driver is required to bring you to and take you home from your conscious sedation appointment.
Another frequent use of conscious sedation is for patients looking to accomplish a large amount of treatment at one time. Even if you aren't anxious about treatment, conscious sedation can allow you to comfortably accomplish a full day of dental work that would otherwise have to be broken up into multiple potentially inconvenient appointments.
Some patients need a deeper level of sedation than other options can give. When this is the case, we have a trusted dental anesthesiologist specialist that comes into our office to administer general anesthesia and monitor the patient throughout the appointment. This is a particularly optimal approach for very young children, those with handicaps, and patients with high levels of anxiety as it allows us to provide treatment in our office and avoid a hospital visit for dentistry performed under anesthesia. A driver is required to bring you to and take you home from your general anesthesia appointment.
Learn more about our skilled and compassionate general anesthesia provider: Nashville Office-Based Anesthesia.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep breathing disorder that deprives your body of oxygen, destroys sleep quality, and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. OSA not only places your body under constant stress at night, but prevents you from enjoying your day-to-day life.
Issue: Spacing between the front teeth and an uneven tilt to the smile.
Solution: Short term orthodontics to evenly spread out the space between the teeth followed by veneers across the eight front teeth to create a level smile with color consistency and no spaces.