Do you feel apprehensive about visiting the dentist? Do even minor procedures such as a dental cleaning make you feel anxious? At Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we understand that your discomfort is real. We don’t want your fears to stand between you and a healthy, beautiful smile. To combat dental anxiety, we can recommend a number of calming options with sedation. How does sedation dentistry work? We discuss your options and what to expect from our innovative calming solutions.
Keeping Our Patients Calm
How do you know if you need a calming agent? We may suggest this option for patients that have mild to severe anxiety. Those with overactive or sensitive gag reflexes may benefit as well. Other reasons for considering a calming agent include:
- Low pain threshold
- Development disorders
- Certain health complications
Before receiving a sedative, we will first look at your medical history and assess your current health. From there, we can decide which of our options will best calm you. Each calming technique will allow the patient to remain conscious and respond to the dentist. However, the patient will wake with little to no memory of the procedure.
Our Treatment Options
We currently offer three options for patients who need to enter a relaxed state. They range from mild to deep, depending on a patient’s specific needs. Our treatment options include:
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, we will administer nitrous oxide with a mask that fits over the nose. The gas is a combination of oxygen and nitrous and the affects will wear off almost immediately. In fact, patients can often return to work or school and even drive themselves home.
- Oral Sedation: Prior to the procedure, patients will take one or two pills. They will enter a deeper state of relaxation than is possible with nitrous oxide. We recommend arranging or a friend or family member to bring you home and stay with you until the affects begin to wear off.
- IV Sedation: The deepest form possible, we administer the calming agent with an IV. We will monitor your vitals during the procedure and provide detailed aftercare instructions. As will the oral option, you will need to have someone bring you home.
Interested in dental solutions for anxiety? Then talk to Dr. Nikki Green or Dr. Ryan Knight about our calming solutions. If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 484-5774 to schedule your consultation.