Are you nervous about visiting the dentist? Or maybe you physically can’t recline in the dental chair for long periods of time. Whatever keeps you away from the dentist’s office, your sedation dentist in Dallas can help you receive the care you need. Dale W. Greer, D.D.S. Inc. provides oral and IV (intravenous) sedation to help you relax.
Have No Fear with Oral Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is the most popular option in sedation dentistry. Dr. Greer will prescribe a commonly-used anti-anxiety medication for you to take about an hour before your appointment. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your visit -- by the time you are settling into the dentist’s chair, its relaxing effects will have taken over. A local anesthetic administered at the treatment site numbs the affected tooth and helps you completely relax throughout treatment.
You are still conscious with oral sedation, but you may doze off periodically. Either way, you are completely removed from the sights, smells, and sounds of what is going on around you. Many patients do not remember the details of their time under oral sedation. That is a significant benefit for people dealing with dental fear or anxiety.
IV Sedation Provides More Significant Relaxation
People who have significant barriers to receiving regular dental care may require IV sedation. Severe fear or anxiety, mental or physical disabilities, and long, complex treatments are best completed with this option in sedation dentistry. IV sedation is performed by an MD Anesthesiologist at Dale W. Greer, D.D.S. Inc.
IV sedation is administered directly through a vein in the crook of your arm or in the back of the hand. One significant benefit of this option is that the medicine is easy to adjust throughout your treatment. The anesthesiologist closely monitors your vital signs to ensure you safely receive the precise dosage necessary for complete relaxation.
After Sedation Dentistry
When your treatment is complete, you will have plenty of time for the effects of sedation to wear off before you go home. Have someone drive you away from the dentist’s office and monitor you for the rest of the day. Plan to take it easy in the time following sedation. You may remain groggy for several hours after the medication wears off. Take a nap, watch a movie, and relax as long as you need.
After undergoing dental treatment with sedation dentistry, many patients realize there is nothing to fear in good dental care -- but that there’s a lot to gain from a healthy smile. Some people do not require sedation after just one treatment. But even if you do prefer to undergo future treatments with oral conscious or IV sedation, that’s perfectly ok! Sedation dentistry is an affordable, accessible way to comfortably receive the dental care you need.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you think you would like to be a little more relaxed throughout your next dental treatment, find out how you can achieve comfortable care with sedation dentistry in Dallas. Please get in touch with Dale W. Greer, D.D.S. Inc. to request an appointment today!