If you have a low pain tolerance or suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help you stay calm and relaxed throughout treatment. At Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, Afshin Vahadi, DDS, Vafa Mirshams, DDS, and the experienced team provide sedation dentistry on-site with the help of a medical anesthesiologist. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.
Sedation Dentistry Q & A
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses prescription medications to help people relax during dental treatment. You might benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience dental anxiety or you need to undergo a complex procedure like root canal treatment, dental implants, or wisdom teeth extractions.
At Lone Star Dental Care, the team uses only the safest methods for sedation dentistry, ensuring patients receive the care they need in a comfortable environment without the risk of side effects.
What are the types of sedation dentistry?
At Lone Star Dental Care, the team offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:
If you experience mild dental anxiety, you might benefit from nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, causes feelings of drowsiness and relaxation. You breathe it in through a mask that fits comfortably over your nose. Throughout treatment, your provider adjusts the amount of gas you receive as necessary.
During IV sedation, you receive sedative medication through a needle in a vein. The team at Lone Star Dental Care employs a medical anesthesiologist for IV sedation. During treatment, the anesthesiologist can adjust the level of medication as necessary.
IV sedation doesn’t put you to sleep. You might feel drowsy but can still respond to your provider’s questions or instructions.
Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
The team at Lone Star Dental Care usually recommends sedation dentistry for people who experience fear or anxiety due to dental visits. Other reasons you might benefit from sedation dentistry include:
- A low pain tolerance
- Trouble sitting still for long periods
- Very sensitive teeth
- A bad gag reflex
You might also benefit from sedation dentistry if you need to undergo multiple procedures in one sitting.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. During your initial consultation, your dentist performs an oral exam and evaluates your oral health history.
Make sure to let your provider know about any prescription medications, nutritional supplements, or vitamins you take. Certain medications can interfere with the effects of sedation. It’s also important to let your dentist know about any chronic health problems you’re living with, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.
These issues won’t necessarily prevent you from receiving sedation dentistry, but they may increase your risk of complications.
To further explore sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment at Lone Star Dental Care. Book a consultation online, or call the office today.