At Epic Family Dentistry of Carrollton, we treat nervous patients of all ages every day. We strive to create a welcoming and calming environment that can help absolutely anyone relax, but for those who need a little extra help, sedation dentistry is always an option. With the techniques detailed below, we can make unwanted thoughts go away and protect a patient from feeling physical discomfort at the same time. If you’d be interested in using sedation at your next dental appointment, give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to go over your options so we can ensure your comfort.
If you experience mild to moderate dental phobia or require an involved procedure, oral conscious sedation will likely be recommended. This will come in the form of a pill that Dr. Azmoodeh will prescribe you to take at a specific time the day of your appointment. That way, by the time you actually make it to our office, you’ll already be mentally and physically relaxed.
With this form of sedation, you’ll remain awake the entire time, but the appointment will seem to go by very fast, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward.
Nitrous oxide has been used by dentists to help anxious patients for over 100 years, and you probably know it by another name-laughing gas! A patient simply has to breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within a few minutes, a warm blanket of relaxation should come over them. The mask will stay on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, the gas’ effects wear off very quickly. This means a patient can go straight back to their day after using nitrous oxide. It’s so gentle that we can even use it with young children!
At this point, perhaps you’d like to visit a sedation dentist in Carrolton. If so, that’s great news to hear! With their help, your future treatment should be smooth sailing. Before you get started, though, you may want to address your concerns about sedation dentistry. After all, doing so will help you confirm if this option is right for you. That being said, Epic Family Dentistry has listed the answers to some frequently asked sedation questions. They should give you a better idea of what to expect from dental sedatives. However, please call our office or set up a consultation if there’s anything else you’d like to know.
You can rest assured — sedation is perfectly safe for most patients. In fact, you likely wouldn’t have any issues with it at all.
First of all, our dentists work to ensure there won’t be complications. Before sedation, they’ll review your medical history and medications to see if there’d be negative interactions. Our team will also monitor your vitals while you’re sedated. That way, we can act quickly in case of a sudden development.
On the other hand, the sedatives used by our office have no harmful effects. Nitrous oxide, for example, is one of the safest options people can get. Meanwhile, oral conscious sedation relies on perfectly safe anti-anxiety medication.
How dental sedation feels will depend on the type you receive. Our practice uses nitrous oxide and oral sedation, meaning you can expect one of two experiences.
With nitrous oxide, you’ll likely feel relaxed, light, and euphoric. Some patients report having a slight tingling sensation in their arms and legs. Given its nickname as “laughing gas,” the chemical could also give you a fit of the giggles.
In contrast, oral conscious sedation gives you an even deeper relaxation. You may even have difficulty speaking and staying awake – some patients doze off due to it. Others report feeling “heavy.” Time may seem to change, too, with it appearing to pass more quickly.
As with how you experience it, dental sedation’s effects depend on the type you get.
Nitrous oxide is both fast-acting and fast-fading, so it’ll wear off just five minutes after you stop inhaling the gas. Therefore, you should be fine to drive yourself home or to work soon afterward.
The effect of oral conscious sedation remains active for the rest of the day. As such, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for 24 hours after your procedure.
In general, sedation dentistry is both cost-effective and a good investment. For those with severe dental anxiety, or who need extensive dental work in one sitting, sedation can make a procedure much easier.
Plus, putting off needed care could result in more expensive treatments later. Paying for sedation thus saves you a lot of money down the road.