Our team members at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics in Richardson, TX, have gone out of their way to create a place where you and your family feel welcomed and safe during your appointments. We have games and movies for kids to enjoy, complimentary coffee and snacks for adults, and plenty of friendly faces. That said, we realize that patients with mild to severe dental anxieties might need a little more help to feel truly comfortable during their appointments. That’s why Dr. Nathan and Dr. Christine are ready with different forms of sedation dentistry in our Richardson, TX dental office depending on what you need. This will help keep the negative feelings you experience at the dentist’s office under control so that you can stay relaxed while getting much-needed dental care. Do you have questions about your sedation options, or would you like to schedule a next appointment with us? Call our dental office today.
Patients young and old can receive “laughing gas”, also known as nitrous oxide. This mild sedative is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through the nose by way of a special mask. You should start feeling its effects within a few moments of breathing it in; you will not be unconscious, but you’ll feel very content about what is going on throughout the procedure. After the mask has been removed, the effects of the sedation should wear off quickly so that you can drive yourself home and continue with your daily routine.
If nitrous oxide isn’t enough, you may receive a stronger kind of sedation called IV sedation. You’ll receive the medication intravenously, meaning it’s delivered directly to your veins. The dosage can be adjusted as needed to ensure that you stay comfortable and safe. It’s sometimes called “twilight sleep”, but that’s a misleading name; you’ll still be awake so that you can respond to any questions or requests we might have for you during the process. After the sedation wears off, you probably won’t remember anything about the treatment itself. For any appointment that involves IV sedation, you should bring an adult you trust with you so that they can drive you home and keep an eye on you while you’re still under the effects of the medication.
If nitrous oxide is not enough but you do not want to have an IV you can also receive conscious sedation. The Doctors will give you a pill before your procedure to relax you. You may also get a pill the night before to allow you to get a great sleep. The medication may also be combined with nitrous oxide to give you the optimal sedation level. This will allow you to be relaxed for the entire duration of your dental treatment.