Sedation Dentist in Austin, TX - Dr. Tor Gotun 
A 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.

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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.

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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

Sedation Dentistry 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 Dentistry for Anxiety in Austin & West Lake Hills, 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. Call our office today to learn more!


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If you are reading this testimonial, I assume you are looking to alleviate pain in one or more of your teeth or to improve your smile cosmetically. Either way you can save yourself some time, stop right now and go make an initial evaluation appointment with Dr.Gotun and his staff at their cozy, comfortable office with a relaxing peaceful view of Eanes Creek. You can search the 1200 or more listings in the Austin area and the BEST you could hope for would be to find another dentist equally as skilled and talented as Dr.Gotun. I do NOT think it is possible to get BETTER quality dental work than what you will get at this office.

The one thing that made everything so simple for me was the photographs. During the initial exam Dr.Gotun takes a series of photographs of your teeth along with x-rays. You then get to see your teeth on a laptop screen, in color, up close and larger than life. If you can live with what you see then you can count your blessings and Dr.Gotun will let you be on your way, unless of course you would like to schedule a cleaning!

In my case I could see the damage, decay and buildup from many years of poor oral hygiene and neglect. In addition to the problem teeth that brought me to the dental office I could easily see that most of my teeth were in need of some type of restoration work. Dr. Gotun has my permission to show all of my records to anyone interested in seeing them. I am sure you will be as amazed as I still am at what Dr. Gotun was able to accomplish considering the very poor condition my teeth were in at the start of the process.

The cost was substantial in my case due to amount of work that was required. However, the work was spaced out over several years which made the cost much easier to budget. Dr.Gotun was not on my dental insurance plan, so I accessed some savings and my credit to finance the work and paid it off like any other significant asset I have purchased. My teeth are the most rewarding investment I have ever made.

If I could give anyone one bit of advice other than my story, it would be “do NOT let dental insurance be the major factor that guides your decision-making”. I was never happy with any of the experiences or results I had when I tried to use the dentists that were covered under my plan. I am proof that 12 years on with regular flossing and brushing, the investment in your restoration work done by Dr.Gotun can still be yielding satisfaction and compliments from friends and random strangers.

I have never gone to bed without flossing and brushing after seeing those photographs in my initial visit. Good luck and I hope to be reading your success story here sometime in the future.

Chuck M. Austin, TX

Dr. Tor Gotun probably saved my life and he's added some years to it. You don't usually say that about your dentist, but I believe it in my case.

More than 10 years ago, after many years of neglecting my teeth and an unhealthy life style, I went to Tor, my neighborhood dentist, even though he wasn't on my State of Texas dental insurance network.

I soon learned of the challenges to getting my gums and teeth back to a healthy status. The way Tor explained it, I knew it was complex and that Tor had the skills and vision to get me there, as long as I did my part. I also knew it would take time and not be cheap.

Now, years later, I still have most of my original teeth and only a few very nice, state-of-the art crowns. I am following Tor's advice for taking care of my teeth and gums, including his regular cleaning schedule. What my dental insurance didn't cover, I was able to use Austin Smile Creations' association with Care Credit to finance the costs without any interest charges as long as I pay off balances within a year of each charge.

By the way, we had only one procedure that didn't work out as planned, but Tor made good on it and the solution turned out as good or better.

As a bonus, all of Tor's top flight members are both professional and personable, always considerate of my needs, interests, and schedule.

Bottom line, Tor is better than my expectations. He pays attention to more than just how my mouth looks; he's concerned about my overall health and how my life-style affects, and is affected by, the health of my teeth and gums.

Bill H. Austin, TX

I have been going to Dr. Gotun since he used to have his practice on William Cannon Drive ( 20 years now). Now he is located in Bee Caves. He is an excellent dentist.

The thing I like best about Tor Gotun is he is relatively pain free when administering his shots to numb your mouth. Dentists I have had before always seemed to be a bit heavy handed in this activity.

He is very up to date with modern dental technology. He can make a crown or cap in his office at the moment of your appointment and have you leave with a fully functioning mouth. I have friends who use other dentists who must wander the city of Austin for at least a week with a hollowed out molar stuffed with gauze as they await their topping to arrive by mail to their dentist's office.

The staff is very friendly, and Dr. Gotun will never talk down to you. He is very good at explaining why he is doing something or why he wants to do a procedure. He may have gotten two of my wisdom teeth, but I will still try to hold onto the remaining two regardless of his explaining the safety factors of hanging on to them as you get older.

Randy S. Austin, TX

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