It’s fairly common for patients to get nervous about visiting the dentist’s office, but for most, this is a task that they can accomplish without much trouble. For others, their anxiety can be so great that they avoid the dentist completely, to the detriment of their oral health. In these cases, sedation dentistry can help. There are several forms of sedation available to suit different needs, whether it’s to soothe a patient’s nerves or to minimize discomfort during a specific dental procedure. Share dentistry offers sedation dentistry in Grapevine to help your visit go as smoothly as possible.
This is a conscious sedative, which means that it does not put you to sleep, but merely produces a calming effect. It is administered in combination with oxygen and is often used to help anxious or phobic patients to relax. When nitrous (also known as “laughing gas”) is administered, you will still be able to talk and communicate throughout the procedure and the effects wear off fairly quickly.
This form of sedation is taken in the form of a pill approximately an hour before the appointment. A common sedative is Halcion, which is in the same family as Valium. Like nitrous, it leaves you conscious, but with dulled senses.
IV sedation is usually used for shorter treatments. It is administered directly into the bloodstream via an injection and therefore takes effect immediately. It is slightly stronger than nitrous or oral sedation, as it is a moderate type of sedation, and can leave patients feeling groggy or sleepy following treatment.
This is the strongest form of sedation and leaves the patient completely or nearly unconscious. It is administered using medication.
Before any type of sedation is used during a procedure, your dentist at Share dentistry will ensure that it does not interfere with any medications you’re currently taking or any procedures that you will be undergoing in the future, so it is important to keep our staff updated on that information. Depending on the type of sedative used, you may need someone to drive you home after your appointment, so be sure to arrange for that, if needed.
No matter what dental treatment you’re looking for or your level of dental anxiety, Share dentistry has an aide to make your appointment in Grapevine go as easily as possible.