Dental anxiety can make you avoid trips to the dentist and leave serious, often painful, conditions untreated.
At our Fort Worth, TX office, we offer sedation dentistry so our patients can feel completely relaxed in the dentist's chair.
So why should you consider sedation?
Comfort, Efficiency, And a Brighter Future for Your Smile
Sedation dentistry allows you to undergo your procedure without pain or stress. You can sit back and relax in the dentist's chair while your doctor performs your treatment.
When you are under sedation, your dentist can work more easily and perform more work in a shorter amount of time. For many patients, this means more extensive results in fewer appointments, saving you time and money.
A Better Relationship with the Dentist
Our doctors at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center can use sedation to help you feel better about your visits and reduce your anxiety about future appointments.
Relax Throughout Treatment with IV Sedation
Visiting the dentist can seem scary, but there are ways to help relax you when you are at the dentist. We offer a range of sedation dentistry options to help patients avoid the panic that some feel wen it comes to dental procedures, and help you get the smile you want without the stress.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental anxiety is common, and according to the Academy of General Dentistry, 40 million Americans suffer from this phobia. Dental phobia keeps you from going to the dentist and getting the procedures you need to keep your mouth healthy. Sedation dentistry uses medications or N20/ 'Laughing Gas' to relax you during your dentist visit. This puts you in a relaxed mood, so you are better able to tolerate dental work. There are different types of sedation and different levels, but all of them make your dentist visit more pleasant. Depending on your level of fear and your needs, Drs Damon and Blankenship will choose the right sedation method for you.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship have actual Hospital training, so you know you are in the right hands for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a incredible procedure if you are worried about going to the dentist. Consider sedation dentistry if:
- You feel nervous about visiting the dentist
- This fear keeps you from visiting the dentist and causes you to avoid dental care
- Your fear has actually kept you from going to the dentist for years
- You require long dental procedures
- You need a lot of dental procedures and want to get them all done at once
- You have trouble holding your mouth open for long periods of time
If you feel that any of these describes you, then you are a perfect candidate to consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry will relieve your nerves and let you finally get the dental work you need for a healthy and beautiful smile.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
IV sedation is our most common method for sedation purposes. We use this 85% of the time or more. With a direct line in, we can give multiple mediations and tailor the dose to your specific needs. This is also the route that has the highest rate of success and patient satisfaction.
Laughing Gas Sedation
Laughing gas is a sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a face mask. It helps the patient achieve a relaxed state. It is completely reversible so you can drive home afterward. This is a mild relaxant, typically given for dental hygiene appointments or for cosmetic dentistry.
Oral sedation involves taking a pill to achieve relaxation during treatment. You will take a pill about an hour before your treatment and together with laughing gas, you will feel more relaxed. Patients are very lightly sedated and more awake then with IV Sedation. We reserve this for limited use.
IV Sedation: Ultimate Relaxation During Your Visit to the Dentist's Office
IV sedation is a highly effective, highly controllable form of sedation used in dentistry treatments. Dr. Clark Damon at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center is able to administer IV sedation personally at our Dallas and Fort Worth offices, a unique offering that saves our patients time and money. This medication is excellent for sufferers of dental phobia or fear, or those patients undergoing a complicated or lengthy surgical treatment.
Compared to oral sedation, IV sedation is more predictable and can be administered in a precise dosage that is appropriate for each patient's weight, age, size, and other health specifics. IV medication is administered directly to the bloodstream for fast, effective results. Dr. Damon carefully titrates the liquid medication, releasing the exact amount of medication needed to relax patients to the point of being unaware of their procedure, in a near-sleep state.
How Does IV Sedation Affect Patients?
Patients usually remember little or nothing about the procedures performed during their sedated state. Most patients feel as though they were asleep. This is partly because most people become deeply relaxed in response to IV sedation, but it’s also because loss of memory is a side effect during sedation (these effects do not continue after the IV ceases to be administered). Although patients may feel that they were unconscious during treatment, they are in fact still be able to respond to requests from our staff during the procedure.
How Do You Administer IV Sedation?
IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream via a narrow plastic tube. The tube is inserted in an easily accessible vein close to the skin on the back of the hand, or in the bend of your arm. During the procedure, the tube will stay in place as the drug is administered according to your individual needs. The process of placing the IV is easy under the care of our practiced team.
Because IV sedation does not numb the site at which Dr. Damon is working in a patient's mouth, he or she will usually also be given a local anesthesia or injection. This is done after the patient receives IV sedation and is already fully sedated.
During Your Procedure
During your dental procedure, our team will track your oxygen levels and pulse using a pulse oximeter that clips onto your finger. We also monitor respirations, blood pressure, and end tidal CO2. A patient may feel groggy and will likely seem a little disoriented for a few minutes. While the patient recovers, he or his or her blood pressure levels will be monitored at five-minute intervals to ensure safety. Patients should plan on having a ride home from their outpatient procedures, as operating a vehicle is not recommended for 24 hours.
Inhalation Sedation: Dental Care While You Relax
The most common form of sedation in the world of dentistry is with "Laughing Gas" gas. This anesthetic drug, which is used in roughly a third of all dental procedures in the United States, has proven itself to be safe and effective. If you'd like to take advantage of the various benefits of laughing gas sedation during your dental procedure, you can contact Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center to schedule an appointment.
Patients who want to use the gas should avoid eating anything during the two hours before sedation. The fact that it is simply a gas, administered via a mask and simply inhaled makes it an attractive option for patients who want to avoid the use of an IV or general anesthetic.
It takes anywhere from 30 seconds to four minutes of breathing for the effects of the gas to start setting in. The patient will feel a pleasant level of sedation, and in some cases, the cheeks and gums will start to go numb. This is perfectly safe, and occurs in roughly one out of every three patients. Once the appropriate amount of gas is being administered to the patient, the dentist can proceed.
Once the procedure is complete, we switch patients to full oxygen. Generally, this reverses the sedative's effects almost immediately. We will keep you on oxygen for five minutes, often allowing patients to leave without an escort and drive themselves home. Such rapid recovery isn't available with general anesthesia or IV sedation.
One of the most useful effects of laughing gas is its calming factor. Any fear or anxiety over the procedure is usually overpowered by the gas's relaxing effects, making it especially good for young children who are afraid of the dentist. In most cases, if you are nervous about your appointment, you can specifically ask for laughing gas to help ease your anxiety and make you more comfortable with the procedure.
Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center
Our team at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center, led by Dr. Clark Damon, is dedicated to providing a comfortable, personal, and professional dental experience for all our patients. We are proud to be affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- American Dental Association
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (817) 336-2121 today.