Sedation Dentistry Specialist

IDTC Dental Center LLC -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

IDTC Dental Center LLC

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Grand Prairie, TX

Few people look forward to going to the dentist. But for some people, sitting in the dental chair can trigger extreme anxiety. If you have a dental phobia, Kenneth Higgins, DDS, and the team at IDTC Dental Center LLC have the right solution for you at their office in Grand Prairie, Texas. Sedation dentistry uses safe, effective treatments to calm dental anxiety and discomfort. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call IDTC Dental Center LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry utilizes medication to promote deep relaxation during your visits to the dentist. There are many reasons people choose sedation dentistry, but the most common is dental anxiety.

If you have dental phobia, you’re less likely to visit your dentist for preventive and restorative treatments. This increases your risk of serious dental problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.

Sedatives help you relax during your appointments, which promotes a more positive relationship between you and your dentist and encourages you to seek dental care when you need it.

Are there different types of sedation dentistry?

The type of sedative used for your treatment depends on many factors, including the procedure you’re undergoing. The most common treatments in sedation dentistry are:

Nitrous oxide

Known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a type of sedative that you inhale. It’s mild and instantly relaxes you without any lasting side effects. You’ll be awake during your visit, but you should feel calm. There’s no preparation needed before you take nitrous oxide, and you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment.

Oral sedation

During oral sedation, the team gives you a pill to take about an hour before your procedure. Once the medication takes effect, you should feel deeply relaxed. While you’ll be conscious during your visit, you may not be aware of your surroundings. After your procedure, you’ll need a friend or relative to drive you home.

IV sedation

IV sedation, or deep sedation, uses general anesthesia to put you in a semi-conscious state. You may even fall asleep if you feel relaxed enough. It’s typically reserved for extensive dental work. During deep sedation, a member of the team at IDTC Dental Center LLC monitors you the entire time. After your visit, you’ll need someone to care for you while the treatment wears off.

Who benefits from sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry gives your dentist the opportunity to perform any necessary dental work while you rest and relax. Talk to the team at IDTC Dental Center LLC about sedation dentistry if you have:

  • An intense fear of going to the dentist
  • Low tolerance for pain
  • Sensitivity to certain sounds and smells
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • An extremely high tolerance to anesthetics
  • A sensitive gag reflex

To determine if sedation dentistry is right for you, call IDTC Dental Center LLC, or book an appointment online today.