Calm Your Nerves With Sedation Dentistry

It’s not uncommon to feel a little jittery before a dentist appointment, especially if you have restoration work planned. However, some people experience more than the jitters, and dental phobia can lead to dental anxiety — and missed appointments. Avoiding important dental work can lead to unwanted complications such as gum disease, decay, or even tooth loss. 

Dr. Kenneth Higgins and our experienced team at IDTC Dental Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, encourage you to speak up if you have jittery nerves. We’ll be happy to help you understand your upcoming procedure, and in some cases, understanding the procedure is all it takes to ease your mind.

And if not, we offer sedation dentistry. We provide three types of sedation to calm your nerves so you can get the dental care you need. In this article, we’ll dive deeper into this topic.

Understanding sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry utilizes medication to help you relax during your appointment. The following options are available at IDTC Dental Center:

Nitrous oxide

More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gas you breathe in through a special mask. It’s safe, effective, requires no preparation beforehand, and wears off quickly. This is a mild sedative, and because it wears off quickly, you can resume your normal activities (including driving yourself home) after your appointment.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation has a more substantial effect than laughing gas, and it does require prep work. You’ll take an oral pill approximately one hour before your appointment. You won’t be unconscious, but oral sedation can make you so relaxed you’re barely aware of your surroundings. This option does require a friend or family member to drive you home afterward. 

IV sedation

Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation delivers the sedative via an IV catheter rather than a pill. IV sedation has the strongest sedative effect, and it’s often utilized by individuals receiving extensive dental work. IV sedation requires constant monitoring. 

Who benefits from sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful if you have dental anxiety that prevents you from getting the dental procedures and treatments you need. Sedation can relax you and calm your nerves so that your experience in the chair is as smooth as possible. 

You might also consider sedation dentistry if you:

Note: sedation dentistry doesn’t replace the need for anesthetics. You’ll still receive the appropriate anesthetic, such as a local injection, during your dental work. Anesthetics provide pain relief, while sedation relaxes your mind. Your comfort —  both physically and mentally —  is our goal.

Which type of sedation is right for you?

Whether you’re receiving a filling or a root canal, sedation dentistry is useful for various dental procedures. However, which type of sedation you need depends on different factors, including: 

If the fear of the dentist is preventing you from taking care of your oral health, Dr. Higgins at 972-362-2375. You can also request your appointment online today.

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