If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who experience dental anxiety, consider sedation dentistry. This type of treatment uses safe and effective medications to help you relax. At Dental Renaissance in Plano, Texas, Kari Blankenship, DDS, and Bhavita Patel, DMD, offer several types of sedation dentistry, including oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Many people avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or bad past experiences. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of oral health problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Sedation dentistry uses prescription medications to help you relax during dental procedures.
By participating in sedation dentistry, you can receive the preventive services you need without fear or anxiety. The medications used in sedation dentistry limit discomfort and tension, allowing you to rest or fall asleep during your procedure.
Dental Renaissance offers several types of sedation dentistry. Options include:
Oral conscious dental sedation uses oral medications to help you relax. On the day of your appointment, you take a pill. The pill causes you to fall into a deep state of relaxation. This means you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to and from Dental Renaissance.
Following your appointment, it takes about 12 hours for the medication to wear off. Adhere to your dentist’s recovery instructions and take at least a day off of work.
Nitrous oxide sedation uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to help you relax. During this type of sedation dentistry, you wear a mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally. Once the nitrous oxide enters your bloodstream, it triggers grogginess and relaxation. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so after your appointment, you can drive yourself home.
If you experience severe dental anxiety, you might benefit from IV dental sedation. IV dental sedation supplies a drip of liquid medication through a small tube in a vein.
This type of sedation dentistry doesn’t render you unconscious, but it does help you achieve a deep level of relaxation. To ensure your safety during treatment, Dental Renaissance partners with a board-certified anesthesiologist.
If you need an extensive amount of dental work, you might benefit from general anesthesia. This type of sedation dentistry causes you to lose consciousness. Dental Renaissance partners with a board-certified anesthesiologist who carefully monitors your vital signs during treatment.
General anesthesia is safe and usually well-tolerated. The medication takes a while to wear off, so it’s important you have a friend or family member available who can drive you home.
Only a qualified dentist can determine the type of sedation dentistry that will most benefit you. Following an oral exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your goals for treatment, your Dental Renaissance provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment at Dental Renaissance. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.