Sedation Dentistry

Dental phobias can make you avoid the dental care you need for a healthy and beautiful smile.

Sedation dentistry allows patients to comfortably undergo dental procedures to maintain or restore their oral health.

Dr. Reagan Bonner and Dr. David Bonner in Dumas, TX, offer several sedation options to give patients an anxiety-free dental experience.

What Is Sedation Dentistry and Who Can It Help?

Sedation dentistry involves using medication to help patients remain relaxed during their dental treatments. Sedation dentistry options are great for many patients including those who:

Have Anxiety or Phobias

If you’ve had a bad past experience, you may have dental anxiety or a fear of the dentist, causing you to forgo much-needed treatment. While we do everything we can to keep you comfortable, sedation options can help calm patients as they undergo treatment.

Struggle With Dental Sensitivity

Patients with sensory disorders or those who have sensitive teeth or gums can often benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation is also a great option for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.

Have Trouble Sitting Still

Sedation can help patients who find it difficult to sit still for long periods complete their dental treatment. Dental sedation can also benefit patients with special needs or children who cannot remain still for their dental care.

Require Complex Treatment

Sedation helps you remain calm as you receive complex treatment like dental implants or wisdom teeth removal. Because you’re keeping still with sedation, our dentists are also able to work quickly and efficiently.

Forms of Sedation Dentistry Offered at Our Dumas Dental Practice

Our dentists offer several options to help even the most anxious patient undergo dental procedures. Our sedation options include:

woman getting dental sedation

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is breathed in through a mask over the nose. This form of sedation works quickly to help patients relax while remaining awake. Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly once the mask is removed, so you can drive yourself home and resume your normal activities following treatment.

patient taking an oral conscious sedation pill

Oral Conscious

Oral conscious sedation involves your dentist prescribing a sedative that you take before your appointment. This induces a state of relaxation, yet you remain conscious throughout the procedure. Because it takes longer to wear off, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home from your appointment.

Dental sedation

IV Sedation

This method offers the deepest form of relaxation and is often used for more complex procedures like wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, or implant placement or for patients with severe anxiety. Your dentist or oral surgeon administers medication through an IV and you may have little or no memory of your procedure.

Avoiding the Dentist Due to Fear or Anxiety?

We Can Help

We are dedicated to providing high-quality and comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. However, we understand that some patients simply need a little extra help to remain comfortable and calm during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry allows our skilled dental team to provide that extra level of comfort, so your dental treatment is a breeze. No matter what your reason or circumstance, we will work with you to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable, and that your time in our Dumas dental practice is as positive as possible.

To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, request a consultation at our dental practice in Dumas, TX, by contacting us or calling our office: (806) 935-6811

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You Can Receive Sedation for Many Procedures

Restorative Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Which Method of Sedation Is Right for Me?

This will vary by patient and dentistry procedure. During your initial consultation with your dentist at our Dumas dentistry practice, he will discuss your options, treatment plan, and health history. Factors he will consider before making a sedation recommendation include your:


For less invasive treatments like veneers or crowns, nitrous oxide may be all you need to remain relaxed. For intensive dentistry treatments like dental implants or wisdom teeth removal, oral conscious sedation or even IV sedation may be a better option.

Reason for Sedation

Even if your treatment is a minor cosmetic dentistry procedure, some patients simply cannot handle treatment without a bit more help. Your dentist will take this into consideration before recommending a method of sedation for you.


Your health and safety are important to us. It is critical that you discuss any health concerns as well as inform your dentist of any medications you may be taking. Some medications may not be suited for some methods of sedation, or adjustments may be needed to keep you safe.

Previous Experiences

If you have used sedation methods before, we invite you to discuss your experience with your dentist. This will allow him to ensure he chooses the best method possible to keep you completely relaxed during your treatment.

Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Will my dental insurance cover sedation?

This varies by insurance plan and provider. We will verify your coverage before your treatment to determine if your sedation will be covered by your dental insurance.

Will sedation make me unconscious?

No. While you may be so relaxed you fall asleep, sedation isn’t intended to make you unconscious. Oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation allow you to remain awake and relaxed during treatment. IV sedation is a deeper method of sedation that can induce a twilight state. An oral surgeon may perform general anesthesia to put you to sleep if your procedure calls for it.

Will I remember my treatment?

It depends on your method of sedation and the medication that is used. While IV sedation may have an amnesiac effect that causes you to have little or no memory of your procedure, nitrous oxide is milder and you may remember everything.

Will sedation keep me from feeling pain?

No. Our dentist uses local anesthetics and other pain medication in conjunction with sedation dentistry. The anesthetic will block pain while the sedation keeps you calm and relaxed. If at any point you are in pain or uncomfortable, please inform your dental team so we can make adjustments to address your discomfort as soon as possible.

Have more questions? Send us a message or give us a call at (806) 935-6811.