For many, dental care is a nearly impossible task to complete because of anxiety or fear. This could be due to a poor experience with a previous dentist or because of a low tolerance for treatments overall. Regardless of the cause, those who cannot get the care they need are only putting themselves at greater risk for dental disease. To make their care possible, our dental office provides every level of sedation available, including sedation typically seen only in hospitals! If you struggle to get dental treatments because of anxiety, give our dental office a call to learn more about sedation dentistry in Kaufman!
Those with moderate levels of sedation can find comfort in oral conscious sedation, a common form of sedation dentistry. This sedative is taken orally and allows you to feel incredibly relaxed by the time your appointment begins. Since the effects can take some time to take hold, it is recommended that you take it several hours before your treatment begins. You’ll still be awake so that you can inform us of your current comfort levels. Make that you have friend or family drive you to and from the appointment.
For more mild cases of anxiety or fear, nitrous oxide is a fast-acting and effective sedative for those who struggle to get dental care. A combination of both oxygen and nitrous, nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask that is worn throughout treatment. There’s no need to prepare for nitrous oxide ahead of time; once you arrive, we can begin administering the sedative right away and provide a calming sensation throughout your treatment.
If you have a more severe level of anxiety or fear, one of the strongest forms of sedation dentistry we offer is IV (intravenous) sedation. Through this method, we can provide strong sedatives directly through your veins for immediate effects. Keep in mind that despite the strength of IV sedation, you’ll still be awake to let us know how you’re feeling and whether you need more sedative to feel relaxed. IV sedation is also ideal for those with mental disabilities that prevent them from keeping still in the dental chair for long periods of time.
Unlike sedation dentistry, general anesthesia is designed to put you into a sleep-like state. While it is more commonly used in medical procedures like surgery, our dental office has the expertise and training to safely administer and regulate medications associated with general anesthesia. If you need a large amount of dental care performed, general anesthesia may also be ideal for your treatment. If you’re extremely sensitive to discomfort, you’ll be glad to know that this procedure removes all signals and reflexes to the brain during treatment.
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