There are a few ways of offering sedation to dental patients, which can include an oral sedative, IV sedatives or general anesthesia, or nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Oral sedation consists of a small pill taken prior to your dental appointment that relaxes your nerves and eases your anxiety, so when you arrive at our office for your dental appointment, you can stay calm and comfortable. This is a light sedation, so you maintain full control and can openly communicate with our doctors as needed.

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry Irving?

Almost anyone can be a candidate for sedation dentistry Irving, but some patients that come to our Irving office need help relaxing or calming their dental fear or anxiety  for more specific reasons, such as:

  • Fear of Needles or Shots
  • It Has Been a Long Time Since Your Last Dental Appointment
  • You Need Extensive Dental Work
  • Fear of the Dental Drill, the Unknown or Pain
  • Negative Past Experience

Benefits of Irving Sedation Dentisry:

  • Stay Calm and Relaxed Before and During Appointments
  • Relieve Dental Fear or Anxiety
  • Spend Less Time in the Dental Chair
  • Accomplish More in One Appointment
  • Receive More Comprehensive Dental Care

Is Sedation Safe?

IV Sedation IrvingSedation dentistry is common and presents very little risk for healthy patients. Almost anyone who experiences anxiety or fear before a dental treatment will have a better experience through Irving sedation dentistry, including patients who haven’t visited a dentist in a long time and feel nervous; who want to avoid local anesthesia due to a fear of needles or shots; who have had a negative dental experience in the past; who get tense in the dental chair; who feel very sensitive to discomfort or pain; or those who simply have a long or complex treatment planned and will need to remain very still for a long period of time. Please consult your physician if you have a history of cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, or respiratory diseases. Before your treatment, our office will provide a questionnaire covering these and other health and medical records to determine if and how to make Irving sedation dentistry safe and effective for you, so please take your time to seriously consider and accurately complete this information.

Care and Possible Side Effects after Oral Sedation

Oral sedation can cause drowsiness and must be taken in advance before arriving at our dental office to give it enough time to take effect. As a result, patients will need a friend or family member there to drive them to and from the appointment. During your treatment, our team will closely monitor you for any signs of issues. Oral sedation has an amnestic effect, so you will have little to no memory of the procedure itself. After sedation, the time it takes for the effects to fully wear off vary from person to person. You may feel a bit uncoordinated on your feet or nauseated and sleepy at first, so plan to rest for at least a day. Other possible side effects include dry mouth, headaches, and dizziness. There can be complications with the oral medications, but these are rare. Nonetheless, you should be sure to discuss all possible risks with your dentist to make a fully informed decision about your treatment. At Dental Concepts & Orthodontics, Ask our team if Irving sedation dentistry is right for you!

IV Sedation Dentistry FAQ at Dental Concepts and Orthodontics in Irving, TX

How effective is IV sedation in dentistry?

IV sedation offered at Dental Concepts and Orthodontics in Irving, TX is a highly effective method for managing dental anxiety and discomfort during procedures. It allows for deeper relaxation than oral sedation, creating a more comfortable experience.

How long will IV sedation last?

The effects of IV sedation can vary depending on the medication dosage and your individual metabolism. The medication's effects typically wear off within 1-2 hours after the procedure. However, the feeling of grogginess may linger for a longer time.

How fast does IV sedation work?

IV sedation works quickly. The medication is administered through a vein in your arm and takes effect within minutes, allowing the dentist to begin the procedure shortly after.

What Are The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry (including IV sedation)?

Sedation dentistry offers several benefits, including:

  • Reduced anxiety and fear: Feeling relaxed can significantly improve your dental experience.
  • Increased comfort: You may feel drowsy and less aware of the sights and sounds during the procedure.
  • Sharper focus: Sedation can help you stay more still for the dentist, allowing for a more efficient procedure.
  • Improved tolerance for longer procedures: Sedation can be beneficial for complex dental work that may take longer.
  • Pain management: While not completely eliminating pain, IV sedation can significantly reduce it.

Will I Feel Any Pain During IV sedation?

You may feel minimal discomfort during the procedure, but you'll likely be in a relaxed and unaware state. Additionally, local anesthesia can be used in conjunction with IV sedation for further pain management.

Considering IV Sedation for Your Dental Treatment in Irving, TX?

If you experience dental anxiety or are interested in IV sedation for a more comfortable experience, discuss it with our dentists at Dental Concepts and Orthodontics in Irving, TX during your consultation. We will assess your needs and determine if IV sedation is the best option for you.

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