May 2, 2017
Visiting the dentist should not be a scary experience. Unfortunately, for more than 30 million people, it is just that. It is estimated that as many at 15% of Americans avoid visiting the dentist due to dental fears and phobias. These can originate from various causes, such as a bad experience in the past, the fear of pain, embarrassment, and even the smells and sounds of the office. No matter the cause of your discomfort, it is important to maintain your dental care. To make the experience easier and less stressful, sedation dentistry in Richardson will help. Dr. Tom McDougal offers sedation to help you relax during your appointment.
How Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?
Sedation can be used to help those who have unique situations that prevent them most visiting the dentist comfortably. In addition to helping those who are fearful, sedation can also be used to for those who have a strong gag reflex or difficulty laying in one position for too long. Often, those with TMJ or sensitive teeth find sedation to make their appointment more enjoyable.
Dr. McDougal may recommend sedation for those who have a cognitive impairment or difficulty with numbing medication. Often, sedation will be used for those who need multiple, lengthy, or invasive dental treatments, like wisdom tooth extractions.
What Types of Sedation are Available?
Dr. McDougal offers three types of sedation to cater to your individual needs and comfort level. After conducting an initial consultation, he will determine which type of sedation will best meet your needs.
Nitrous Oxide: Better known as “laughing gas,” this sedation is inhaled through a mask that is worn over the nose. It is beneficial for patients who have mild to moderate discomforts. It will allow you to relax by feeling calm and happy. You will experience less pain and sensitivity during the dental appointment Unlike other forms of sedation, the effects will wear off quickly.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Taking a prescribed sedative prior to your appointment will help you relax even before you reach the dental office. You will reach a high level of relaxation and may even fall asleep; however, you will remain conscious. You will not be aware of sights, sounds, smells, or pain but you will still be able to respond to verbal ques from the dentist.
IV Sedation: By delivering the medication through an IV, Dr. McDougal remains in control of the amount administered, allowing him to cater to your preference level. You will feel very sleepy and will likely fall asleep. You will not feel anything during the appointment. In fact, you may not even remember the dental appointment.
We follow the highest level of protocols when using sedation for your comfort, peace of mind, and safety. If you choose to benefit from sedation, you will need to plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Where Can I Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
If you are ready to stop fearing the dentist, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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