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Sedation Dentistry

Make Dental Nerves Disappear

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We’re not going to lie: dental care makes a lot of people very nervous, adults and children alike. Fortunately though, thanks to our team’s warm and friendly demeanor, we’re able to help most people feel completely comfortable during their appointments, but some still require a little more care. For them, sedation dentistry can help.

Using the techniques outlined below, we can enable patients to take care of their teeth free of any anxious thoughts or physical pain, allowing them to achieve the healthy smiles they deserve without the stress. Think sedation would help you or your child feel better about receiving dental care? If so, give us a call today.

Why Choose Us For Sedation Dentistry?

  • Available for any procedure
  • Gentle enough for children, strong enough for adults
  • Administered by a trained anesthesiologist

Oral Conscious Sedation

With oral conscious sedation, all you have to do is take a pill, and your dental fears will quickly float away on a river of relaxation. We’ll prescribe the medication to you and tell you when to take it the day of your appointment so it will have already taken effect before you sit in the dental chair. Patients using OCS will remain awake, but time will seem to fly by very quickly, and most say they have little to no memory of their appointment afterward!

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” has been used by dentists for more than 100 years to help soothe anxious dental patients. It’s so gentle that it’s even safe for small children, and we primarily recommend it for patients who need help relaxing during their routine dental care. The colorless, odorless gas is inhaled through a small nasal mask, and after a minute or so, a patient should feel any tension wash out of their body. The mask stays on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, a patient will feel completely normal right away, meaning they can go straight back to their day.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

It’s incredibly common for people to feel anxious about their upcoming dental visits. If you’d like to make your experience more comfortable, you may be considering nitrous oxide sedation. We recommend it most often to patients who:

  • Feel anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist
  • Have sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex that can make oral care difficult or impossible
  • Experience pain in their back, neck, shoulder, or legs while sitting in the treatment chair
  • Are unable to hold their mouth open for a long period of time
  • Cannot sit still long enough to complete the necessary treatment
  • Have special needs

Keep in mind that nitrous oxide sedation is not an option for everyone. Before your procedure, we’ll review your medical history and assess the current state of your oral health to ensure that nitrous oxide is a safe option for you. In many cases, we won’t recommend it to patients who are pregnant, have high blood pressure, are currently experiencing nasal congestion, or have a respiratory disease.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Nitrous oxide is primarily used for in-office dental treatments and is administered through a small nose mask. Once you start breathing in the gas, it’ll displace the air in your lungs. Less oxygen will reach your brain, causing you to feel warm, calm, and overall happy. It helps dull the body’s ability to register pain and suppresses the gag reflex, making it easier for us to perform the treatment you need.

While you won’t be asleep with nitrous oxide, the memory of the procedure will likely be hazy. During your procedure, our team will monitor your vitals and adjust the dosage of the sedative as needed. After we finish the treatment and take off your mask, the effects of the gas will wear off as quickly as they kicked in.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

Many patients prefer nitrous oxide to other methods of dental sedation because of its short recovery time. Since nitrous oxide wears off within just a few minutes, you’ll be able to drive yourself back home and carry on with your day as normal. Some people experience minor side effects like nausea afterward, but the overwhelming majority feel perfectly fine once their appointment is over. Be sure to diligently follow any treatment-specific aftercare instructions that were provided to ensure a smooth sailing recovery.

IV Sedation

Are you nervous at the thought of going to the dentist? This is more common than you may think! According to researchers, anywhere from 50-80% of adults in the United States have some level of dental anxiety. More than 20% of people with dental anxiety don’t see a dentist regularly. That’s why at Orbit Dental of Garland, we offer IV Sedation to help patients get the essential dental care they need despite having severe dental anxiety. To learn more about your options and find out if IV Sedation is the solution for you, give us a call !

What Is IV Sedation?

IV Sedation is administered intravenously, or directly into the bloodstream. This allows for the effects to kick in more quickly than other forms of sedation. During this process, the patient remains conscious, but they don’t usually remember anything from the procedure. This is because the patient is in a deep state of relaxation – even more than Nitrous Oxide Sedation and Oral Conscious Sedation. We monitor the patient’s vitals the entire time. Since the effects can take up to 24 hours to wear off completely, the patient needs to organize for a trusted friend or family member to drop off and pick them up.

Who Is a Good Candidate for IV Sedation?

IV Sedation is most commonly used in oral surgeries and long procedures. It can help to lessen high levels of anxiety and phobias associated with the dentist. Additionally, people that have an overactive gag reflex, TMJ dysfunction, or other neuromuscular issues that might make it difficult to keep their mouth open for a long period of time can often benefit from IV Sedation as well. Before your treatment, we will take the time to discuss your anxiety level, medical history, health history, and any medications that you’re taking to determine if IV sedation is an ideal solution to meet your needs.

The Benefits of IV Sedation

There are numerous benefits that you can experience by opting for IV sedation. Here are some of the most prominent:

  • The effects take place quickly because it is administered directly into the bloodstream.
  • Allows for patients to improve their dental health despite having dental anxiety.
  • The dental team controls the flow of medication, so you will experience a constant state of relaxation.
  • The deep state of relaxation that IV Sedation provides helps to prevent additional stress-related negative dental memories that can keep patients from returning.

General Anesthesiology

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If a patient has extreme dental fear, mental or physical special needs, or if a child is particularly uncooperative, we may recommend general anesthesiology. The kind we use is much lighter compared to what people receive for major surgery, but nonetheless, it will allow a patient to basically sleep through their procedure and wake up with no memory of it afterward. This will be administered and overseen by a fully-licensed anesthesiologist to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’re looking for! However, it pays to be well-informed. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about sedation dentistry in Garland. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Contact our team here at Orbit Dental of Garland and we will be happy to answer your questions and set you up for an appointment when you’re ready.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

For most patients, sedation dentistry is a perfectly safe option. The majority of them handle nitrous oxide without an issue, making it the best choice for the highest amount of people. Before deciding whether to administer sedation, our dentist will go over your medical history and current medications to ensure there won’t be any negative interactions. While you’re sedated, our dentist and team will closely monitor your vitals at all times to make sure you are perfectly safe.

Will I remember the treatment after dental sedation?

Even though you are technically awake with most forms of sedation, chances are that you won’t remember much of your treatment. IV sedation is more likely to make you forget your procedure than oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide. The memory loss effect that sedation has can make getting dental care much easier for patients with extreme dental anxiety and phobia.

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

While keeping you awake, sedation dentistry can actually suppress your body’s ability to register pain. Even if you do experience some discomfort, you are more likely to feel pressure than pain. Depending on your procedure, your dentist may also numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your procedure.

Can dental sedation make me sick?

It is quite rare to feel nauseous with nitrous oxide sedation. Because oral conscious sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide, there is a slightly higher risk of nausea. Just to be safe, your dentist will likely recommend that you don’t eat for a few hours before your procedure. If you have trouble skipping meals, you may want to schedule your appointment in the early morning. IV sedation has an elevated risk of nausea due to its stronger effects. If you are prone to feeling nauseous, simply let your dentist know and they can adjust accordingly.