September 27, 2016
You wake up in a cold sweat and all you can do is shake your head. “Nothing even happen!” you chastise yourself. You barely sat down in the chair and here you are, heart racing and mind going a light-speed. You weren’t in the electric chair in your dream, but something much worse…the dentist’s chair. You’ve always been really anxious about going to the dentist, as are many other people. This doesn’t have to keep you from getting the dental care you need though, thanks to a sedation dentist in Plano, TX.
Reasons for Sedation
The most prevalent reason people can think of when it comes to sedation is that it helps limit physical discomfort. This is true, because whether a patient is having a minor surgical procedure or is simply afraid of the dentist, sedation enables the doctor to perform without harming the patient. The other effect of sedation is mental. A calm, relaxed patient more readily follows the commands of the dentist and the procedure can be performed more quickly. They also tend to tense up less and have a shorter healing time. Dr. Pollard and Dr. Patel have a variety of ways of sedating patients depending on their particular needs.
Patients who come in for a routine cleaning or have mild anxiety may be sedated using nitrous oxide. Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” the actual effect of the gas tends to give the patient a warm, soothing feeling. Some even describe that it feels like they are floating. The gas is administered through a small mask that is worn on the nose. Once the mask is on, it only takes about a minute for the patient to feel the gas. After the procedure is done, the mask is removed and the patient quickly returns to normal. Nitrous oxide has the advantage of being able to sedate the patient, but not so much so that they can’t continue with the rest of their day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Patients who experience a more moderate case of dental anxiety may be prescribed medication for the procedure in order to sedate them. The patient will simply take a pill at a designated time before the procedure and it should take effect by the time they reach the office. The patient will still be awake, but the medication will drastically calm and relax them. Oral sedation is strong enough that it is required that a family member or trusted person drive you to and from the office, as well as keep an eye on you for the rest of the day. All effects of the pill should wear off by the next morning.
Patients who have severe anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex, or have issues keeping their mouth open for extended periods of time may consider IV sedation. It is also recommended for more invasive dental procedures. It will be administered through a vein in your arm and should take effect quite immediately. Many people become so sedated that they have little to no memory of the procedure at all. The doctors will need review your medical history before recommending this type of sedation. It is also recommended that someone else drive and take care of you afterward when you have undergone IV sedation.
We’ll Listen to You
First and foremost we will be sure to listen to any concerns you may have about visiting the dentist. We are here to make you as comfortable as possible when we take care of your teeth. If you have any questions about how sedation dentistry can help a patient like you, please give us a call today.
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