For millions of Americans, many of which live right here in Ft. Worth, going to the dentist is a big source of anxiety. We completely understand here at Fort Worth Periodontal Specialists, which is why in addition to having a warm and friendly atmosphere, we offer another way to help our patients overcome persistent nerves: sedation dentistry. With it, a patient can enjoy both a calm mind and painless experience whenever they come to see us, no matter what type of procedure they need. Would you like to use sedation at your next appointment? To discuss your options, give us a call today.
Oral conscious sedation sounds too good to be true when you first hear about it, but we use it all the time to help our patients relax! Basically, one of our dentists prescribes a patient medication to take at a designated time on the day of their visit so they arrive at our office already sedated. While in the chair, they’ll likely remain awake and be able to respond to basic commands, but many patients actually end up falling asleep! This approach is so potent that it is required that a patient be driven to and from our office. By the next morning, if not earlier, they should feel completely normal.
If a patient only experiences mild dental anxiety, then nitrous oxide can provide the perfect way to just “take the edge off.” A small mask is placed on the nose, and a patient simply breathes in the colorless, odorless gas, quickly becoming warmer, calmer, and happier. Nitrous oxide also has a mild anesthetizing effect, in that it lowers the body’s ability to feel physical discomfort. The mask stays on for the entire visit, and once it is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly. This means a patient can easily resume their normal day without having to deal with lingering numbness or drowsiness.
IV sedation is our most powerful and fast acting form, in which a sedative is introduced directly into the bloodstream using a small injection in the hand or arm. Once administered, a patient will almost immediately become deeply relaxed both mentally and physically. One of the best parts about IV sedation is that it allows our team to adjust a patient’s sedative level in real time, ensuring they are comfortable each and every moment of their procedure. It is typically recommended for people with severe dental anxiety, those who have trouble sitting for extended periods, and patients who want to have multiple procedures completed in a single appointment to help save time.