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Sedation Dentist Marshall TX

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can help extremely fearful patients overcome their anxiety and access the dental care that is so important to maintaining oral health. If fear has kept you out of the dentist’s chair for routine care, consider how beneficial sedation dentistry can be.

For some patients, sedation dentistry is an unfamiliar concept. Here are answers to some of the most common questions our patients have about sedation dentistry.

How does sedation dentistry work?

With sedation dentistry, the dentist administers an anti-anxiety medication, often from a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Patients can take the drugs orally in pill form or they can choose gaseous nitrous oxide. The medication helps the patient achieve a state of deep relaxation.

Patients do feel like they are in a sleep-like state while under the effects of the sedatives, but they actually remain conscious and able to respond to the dentist’s commands. Sedation dentistry patients generally have no memory of the procedure after the fact.

Depending on the delivery method, the dentist may give patients certain instructions in advance of the appointment. For example, patients who choose oral sedation will need to take the medication far enough in advance of the appointment for the drug to have the desired effect.

Although the sedatives wear off more quickly than stronger anesthetic medications, it’s important to know that you will not be fully alert by the end of the appointment. Therefore, all patients who choose sedation should arrange for a responsible adult to escort them home after the appointment.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Most patients can benefit from sedation, especially people with dental phobia. Your dentist will review your medical history to determine if any health conditions could present a problem with the sedation.

Patients facing time-consuming, complex dental treatments and procedures may also want to consider sedation dentistry, as this method allows them to tolerate longer treatment sessions.

Many parents also choose sedation dentistry for children, especially those with difficulty sitting still during the dental treatment. This can be an option, although the dentist will determine any particular risk factors that would contraindicate sedation for your child.

Are there any sedation dentistry side effects?

In comparison with general anesthesia, which is often considered as an alternative, sedation dentistry tends to be safer. The airway is not compromised while the patient is under sedation and the effects of sedation are reversed more quickly than those of general anesthesia.

Side effects of sedation dentistry are minimal and rare. They may include dry mouth, nausea and allergic reactions, among others. Your dentist will discuss possible sedation dentistry side effects, as well as any risks associated with sedation dentistry, in advance of the treatment.

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

Unfortunately, there is no simple or single answer to this question. Each patient’s case is different. The sedation dentistry cost may vary in different patient scenarios, depending on the delivery method and other factors.

To learn more about the sedation dentistry options available at our practice, call our office to speak with one of our helpful, professional staff members. Keep in mind that your comfort is our priority, and we want to help you preserve your oral health.

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