Dr. Pylant is committed to providing you with the highest level of comfort during your treatment. Whether you feel anxiety in the dentist’s chair, are particularly sensitive to periodontal procedures or require lengthy treatments, our practice offers a variety of options to ensure every patient’s continual comfort. Your oral health is incredibly important to your overall health and nothing should discourage you from seeking the dental treatment you need. Whatever your concerns, our team is here to ensure that you have every reason to leave our office with a confident, healthy smile.
Do you have questions about how sedation dentistry can alleviate your concerns or discomfort? Contact our office today or learn more about the sedation options offered at our Bedford, TX, practice by reading the summaries below.
Kinds of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives to help calm and relax a patient during dental treatment. We offer a several different kinds of sedation to meet our patients’ individual needs:
With IV sedation, a sedative is administered directly into a vein, helping patients to quickly reach a predictable level of sedation. Because IV sedation offers a high level of control over the level of sedation the patient experiences, most patients prefer this method of treatment in order to achieve the desired state of relaxation. Patients who chose IV sedation will need a short period of time after their appointment to lie down and rest, so we recommend having a friend or family member to drive home following the treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
An oral sedative is medication our patients take in our office about an hour before the procedure. Oral sedatives will induce a “twilight sleep”, which is simply extreme relaxation on the verge of sleep. Oral sedatives allow the patient to remain responsive to commands, but inhibits memory of the treatment after the sedative wears off. Similar to IV sedation, patients who undergo oral sedation should have a friend or family member drive home following the treatment and should also allow a period of time for rest while the sedative subsides.
Nitrous sedation is a form of conscious sedation and uses a special gas called nitrous oxide, commonly called “laughing gas,” which is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. With nitrous sedation, the sedative is inhaled through a mask worn over the nose. The level of sedation and the subsequent level of relaxation and comfort is controlled by the amount of nitrous oxide administered. Because this form of sedation is fast-acting and the effects subside quickly, patients can typically drive themselves home safely following the administration of nitrous oxide.