Many patients avoid going to the dentist because they suffer from fear of the dentist (dental anxiety). When people avoid going to the dentist, complex dental problems can begin to develop. The key to treating and diagnosing dental problems is catching them early enough to avoid any complex treatment.
You should not let fear be the reason you avoid getting a healthy smile. Whether you suffer from dental fear or are in need of extensive periodontal treatments, Dr. Bradley Dean offers sedation dentistry. He will make sure your dental implant or periodontal procedure is pain-free at his Dallas area dental office. Oral sedation is a great option for patients receiving necessary care for the most comfortable and relaxing experience. It is highly effective and safe for anxious patients.
A Solution for Dental Anxiety in Dallas
Many people avoid the dentist due to fear, anxiety and bad past experiences. Regular dental appointments are vital to optimal oral health. At the periodontal office of Dr. Dean, we will take all the time you need to tell us about your story and past experiences.
We will understand your fears, anxieties and concerns about having to go through the emotional process of receiving dental treatment. Our entire staff is judgement free and is here to help you in any way possible. Dental sedation is a very safe and effective option to eliminate fear and dental anxiety.
Instead of skipping your treatment, we highly recommend that you consider our oral conscious sedation method. Our team of caring dental professionals will help you relax during your dental visits.
About Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation provides “light sedation” in order to ease anxiety. This type of sedation includes a pill that you take. Dr. Dean, will prescribe a medication (in pill form, not nitrous oxide/laughing gas) that you will take about an hour before your visit. After you take the pill, you will remain conscious but will not feel any pain. You must have a responsible adult escort you to and from your appointment, as oral medications will impair your ability to drive.
You will remain fully conscious and able to breathe independently during the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, most patients do not remember most of it despite being awake throughout it.
A drawback to oral sedation is the unpredictability of side effects and reactions. In some rare cases, the recovery can be uncomfortable with unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, headache and/or nausea.
Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation is a modern, safe and effective technique. It can help patients who are anxious about visiting the periodontist, have difficulty with dentures or are undergoing extensive treatment. It eliminates anxiety and reduces the need for more painful procedures. More benefits include:
- We will not have to use needles.
- Prescription medication taken before your visit.
- More affordable compared to intravenous (IV) sedation.
- Allows the dentist to perform more dental work in fewer visits.
- The patient can communicate with their dentist and ask questions during the procedure.
- It allows for more precise placement of dental implants, bridges, crowns, and tooth restorations that require anesthesia.
Can I drive after I take oral sedation?
No. We will require you to have a reliable ride to and from your appointment. Even though oral conscious sedation does not make you fall asleep, it can take a few hours for the effects to wear off. It’s important to talk to your dentist about your concerns before you make a decision on which type of sedation you want to use during your dental appointment.
I am scared of needles, can I use oral sedation?
Yes! There are many reasons Dr. Dean may recommend oral sedation, including the fear of needles. Anxiety is a common problem faced by many people. It can be debilitating and prevent someone from going to the dentist or even getting a vaccine. Oral sedation is an option for those who are scared of needles, but it may not be right for everyone.
Oral sedation can help people who are anxious about dental treatments as it reduces their anxiety and makes them more comfortable. It also helps with nausea, vomiting, and other side effects that can come with dental work. However, it may not be the best option for those who have trouble breathing or swallowing due to medical conditions like asthma or dementia.
Some reasons patients choose oral sedation include:
- Feeling nervous about your upcoming appointment.
- You have severe fear or anxiety when thinking about visiting a dentist.
- You have a strong gag reflex that prevents you from getting the care you need.
- If you Have difficulty sitting for long periods of time.
- If you simply want to remain calm because you are completing many dental procedures in a single visit.
Do I qualify for oral sedation options?
Most patients qualify for oral conscious sedation. however, if you have a medical history that includes any of the following: heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or other chronic conditions; then you will need to consult with your primary doctor before deciding on what type of dental sedation is best for you.
Request an Appointment Today
Dr. Dean offers oral sedation and IV sedation whether you have a fear of the periodontist or just want to be at peace. Dr. Dean is licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners in Sedation Dentistry. He has taken the required hours of continuing education to maintain his anesthesia permit. He will evaluate your overall health and your medical history to ensure your safety. If you have additional questions about dental sedation or dental implant periodontistry, request an appointment online or give us a call and we will be glad to assist you.