Austin Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

The use of safe sedation dentistry dramatically reduces the body’s tendency to tense muscles while stressed, helping you feel relaxed and at ease. Dental local anesthetics are also more effective while the body is relaxed, practically eliminating any concerns about discomfort during treatment.

No More Dental Anxiety!

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for anyone who suffers from dental anxiety or phobias, has difficulty getting numb, or has a strong gag reflex or highly sensitive teeth. It is also ideal for patients who wish to have multiple procedures completed in one visit without anxiety, or for anyone who has difficulty sitting for a longer period of time. Based on your individual needs, we will work with you to determine the best level of sedation for your particular situation.

The Sedation Dentistry Options


The lightest form of Relaxation Sedation is a non-drug, totally natural, herbal product. It is called NuCalm and has been in use worldwide for over six years. NuCalm uses natural ingredients to produce a state of relaxation within minutes, without any heavy medication. When used with our noise cancelling headphones and beautiful binaural music, your level of relaxation is enhanced. NuCalm is so effective, safe and calming, we have patients who chose to use it at every dental visit and leave the office feeling as if they took a two-hour power nap. Many want to come back just to have a regular NuCalm session on a weekly basis so they can experience the restful feeling it produces.

We are the most experienced NuCalm dental office in the Austin area and are extremely competent in the use of NuCalm. In fact, Dr. Steinberg has been documenting his use of this product for patients with insomnia for years. The results have been so good, he was selected to be a Medical Advisor for Solace Lifesciences. Click here to learn more.

Nitrous Oxide

The next form of conscious sedation is nitrous oxide. It is a very light, soothing gas which you breathe in, allowing you to drift away during treatment and come back feeling like you have had a restful nap. Some know nitrous oxide as laughing gas because of the temporary, exhilarating effect, the slight tingling sensation and the altered sense of time. Whatever you call it, the sedating and desensitizing gas can help you settle into a blissful state. The relaxed feeling begins about two minutes after administration starts. After your treatment is completed, we administer pure oxygen so you leave the office feeling clear and able to drive. It is very safe and has no lingering after-effects, so you can continue with your daily routine.

Oral Conscious Sedation

For people who need maximum sedation, we recommend oral conscious sedation. Dr. Steinberg has taken the required courses and is certified in Level 1 Sedation Anesthesia. We prescribe an oral anti-anxiety medication which you take before your appointment. When you begin to feel a deeply relaxing feeling and drowsiness, we will begin your procedure. You are still able to speak and respond to external requests, but in most cases you will have little memory of the appointment. When using oral conscious sedation, you will need someone to transport you to and from our office. Oral conscious sedation can be combined with nitrous oxide for an even more relaxed and drowsy feeling.

No matter what your dental requirements are, our relaxation dentistry options can help you get the dental care you need.

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