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Sedation Dentist in Austin, TX - Dr. Tor Gotun - Comfortable & Anxiety Free Dental Experience

For some dental patients, true anxiety prevents them from seeing a dentist for even a simple teeth cleaning. Skipping checkups and putting off necessary procedures because of dental anxiety will harm your oral health and eventually affect your general health, possibly leading to periodontal disease. At Austin Smile Creations, we pride ourselves on providing a safe and comfortable environment that fosters education and open communication, but for anxious patients, that’s not always enough to put a patient’s dental phobias to rest. That is why Austin oral surgeon, Dr. Tor Gotun offers safe dental sedation in his Austin office to help anxious patients comfortably tolerate the dental procedures they need. If you are unsure about sedation dentistry, Dr. Gotun offers laser dentistry which is also beneficial to patients who experience dental phobias.

Dental fears and phobias often begin in childhood as the result of a bad experience at the dentist’s office. People often carry these experiences into adulthood and would rather develop decay and periodontal disease than sit in the dental chair for a preventive or restorative treatment. Sedation dentistry is designed to induce a state of relaxation so that a strong gag reflex or any feelings of discomfort will melt away for the duration of your dental procedure. Sedation is especially helpful when a patient needs several treatments as it allows the dentist to perform them all in one long session, rather than making the anxious patient return for multiple visits.


I've been a patient of Dr. Gotun's since 2005, and he is the most professional, most personable and caring dentist I've ever had. He is up to date on all the most recent dental tech, and even likes to take photos of your teeth to show your progress over the years. He even won an award that's like the dental equivalent of an Academy Award or the Nobel Prize, and he deserves it! His attitude has always been "There is no reason for you to feel any pain. If you even begin to feel something uncomfortable, let me know."  ...view more

Dental Sedation Options

We are happy to offer the following methods for sedation dentistry services from our Austin dental office:

Nitrous Oxide - Otherwise known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is one method of relaxing patients during dental treatments. Administered through a breathing apparatus placed on the nose, nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and makes you feel warmth, euphoria, and a sense of well-being. While we use laughing gas on occasion, it isn’t recommended for patients with respiratory issues.

Oral Conscious Sedation - Combined with a local anesthetic, oral conscious sedation makes for a pain-free dental experience and is our preferred method of relaxing fearful patients. Dr. Gotun, cosmetic dentist in Austin, will carefully choose an appropriate and safe sedative medication for you based on your medical history, weight, anxiety issues, and length of treatment. You will take the medication in pill form prior to the procedure. Once you drift into a deeply relaxed state, we will administer a local anesthetic to the treatment area and begin your procedure. While you’ll be in a dream-like state and remember little or nothing when your treatment is finished, you will still be conscious and able to respond to our questions. A professional staff member who has undergone extensive training in administering sedation will monitor your pulse, breathing and other vital signs throughout the treatment to ensure your safety.

Sedation for Dental Anxiety in Austin, TX

For safe dental sedation in Austin, you can’t beat the highly trained and experienced team at Austin Smile Creations. If dental visits have given you anxiety in the past, you’ll immediately feel the difference when you schedule your appointment with Dr. Tor Gotun. A compassionate dentist with more than three decades of experience, Dr. Gotun will treat you with gentle care during your evaluation and discuss your options for a relaxing, pain-free treatment process.