Do I have the option of being sedated during surgery?
We offer two types of sedation dentistry in our Plano, TX dental office: Oral Sedation and IV Sedation. Oral sedation dentistry utilizes prescription medication which is ingested prior to the dental visit to help you feel relaxed. IV Conscious Sedation is carefully controlled in the dental office setting to help you achieve a natural, light “sleep” during your surgery.
What do you do to make your patients more comfortable during surgery?
Most surgeries are not painful; however, you may experience some tenderness associated with the surgical site. In most cases, a narcotic prescription is not needed. Dr. Dean will prescribe an anti-inflammatory, which will not hinder you from your daily routine or activities.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry is completely safe when administered by a trained, licensed and experienced medical professional. In our Plano, TX dental office, your comfort and safety are our foremost concern. Dr. Dean utilizes the safest and most reliable sedation methods.
In many cases, IV sedation is preferred over oral sedation for the following reasons:
- Safety. IV sedation is quickly reversible with an antidote when necessary. The dosage of medication used in IV sedation is also completely customized and controlled for each individual patient which can be more of a challenge with oral medications.
- Speed. When medication is delivered intravenously, it begins to take effect almost immediately. The amount of medication can be controlled and consistent throughout the procedure. Dr. Dean can increase or decrease the dosage during treatment to achieve the appropriate level of sedation. With a pill, absorption of the medicine takes 30-45 minutes and you must hope that you will be properly sedated (not under or over sedated).
What are Dr. Dean’s qualifications in sedation dentistry?
In order to offer sedation dentistry in Texas, a dentist must obtain an anesthesia permit through the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. To be licensed to offer IV Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Dean was required to submit to the highest level of standards. Sedation dentists must be in good standing with the TSBDE. Dr. Dean is required to take 12 hours of continuing education every two years in order to renew his anesthesia permit.