Dr. Bradley Dean is a sedation dentist that offers a variety of sedation dentistry techniques, including IV sedation and oral sedation. He delivers these sedation options while carefully supervising each patient at his Plano, TX, dental office. We provide the safest and most reliable methods of worry-free sedation dentistry available.
Dr. Dean’s in-depth experience with dental sedation is highly unique. This makes it possible for patients to receive the dental care they need without fear or anxiety. Your dentist can perform more procedures in a single dental visit, saving you time and money.
Why use Sedation Dentistry?
Putting off going to the dentist is not good for your oral health. Introducing sedation methods into our dental practice has helped many people get the care they desperately need. Dr. Dean can help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you and which method to use. There are many reasons why people show interest in sedation for their dental treatments, including:
- General anxiety disorder
- Resistance to local anesthetic
- Sensitive oral nerves
- Dental phobia or fear of visiting the dentist
- Had a bad experience in the past at a dental appointment
- Bad gag reflex
- Fear of the perceived pain
Types of Sedation Dentistry
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV sedation dentistry delivers medication directly through the bloodstream to provide immediate relaxation and comfort prior to treatment. Dr. Dean is licensed and trained to provide this dental sedation method. The effects of IV sedation resolve quickly once your dentist removes the IV.
This technique has a faster recovery with fewer side effects as compared to oral sedation. This will not put you to sleep but will induce a deep state of relaxation. Dr. Dean will be able to perform all your dental work and you will not even mind. You will be less aware of what is going on around you at the time. You will not remember what happened once the treatment is complete.
Oral Dental Sedation
Oral sedation dentistry is administered by taking a pill. It will relax you to the point where you will feel like you want to fall asleep. However, you will remain awake and still have full control over your body functions and breathing rate. You will be able to answer questions and respond to Dr. Dean.
This form of sedation offers an amnesia type effect and you won’t remember much from the procedure. This type of sedation may take several hours to completely wear off and patients will need to arrange for transportation after treatment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Whether you have dental anxiety, severe gag reflex, jaw joint soreness, difficulty getting numb, or just have a hectic schedule, sedation can allow you to safely and comfortably get the dental care you need. Sedation dentistry delivers an amnesia quality effect, which for most patients prevents their memory of the visit.
Sometimes we refer to this technique as “sleep dentistry” because of this and its other pleasant effects. Some benefits include:
- Enhances the effectiveness of anesthetic
- Decreases gag reflex
- Alleviates anxiety
- Eliminates joint and muscle soreness
- Dentist can perform more dental procedures in fewer visits
- Worry free dental appointments
Frequently Asked Questions
How fast does IV sedation wear off?
IV sedation usually wears off relatively quickly. However, the exact time can vary based on the drugs the anesthesiologist used, the patient’s metabolism, and the duration of the procedure. Most patients feel more alert within 20-30 minutes after the IV sedation. But full alertness can take several hours. It’s important to have someone drive you home after the procedure. The sedative effects can take 12-24 hours to wear off completely.
Does dental insurance cover sedation?
Dental insurance policies vary. Typically many do not cover dental sedation. Insurance companies often deem it as an elective or “non-essential” service. They may cover sedation if they deem it medically necessary for a specific dental procedure. For instance, certain complex surgeries or patients with specific conditions might qualify. However, patients often pay out-of-pocket for sedation for most standard dental treatments. It’s always best to review your specific insurance policy or speak directly with your insurance provider to understand what will and will not cover.
Are you awake during IV sedation dentistry?
Yes. During IV sedation dentistry, you’re technically awake but in deep relaxation. IV sedation doesn’t put you to sleep but numbs your senses. Most patients feel drowsy, while they might remember some of the procedures. Many patients have little to no memory of it afterward. The primary goal of IV sedation is to ensure the patient’s comfort and reduce anxiety during dental procedures.
Which is better oral sedation or IV sedation?
Oral sedation and IV sedation both have their merits. Oral sedation can provide relaxation, and dentists consider it safe. However, many patients favor IV sedation due to its speed, reliability, and ability to cause more deep sedative conditions. Dentists usually recommend it for patients with intense anxiety or complex dental procedures. Ultimately, deciding between oral and IV sedation depends on the patient and their comfort level. It will also rely on the advice of the dentist.
Is IV sedation stronger than laughing gas?
IV sedation is generally stronger than laughing gas (nitrous oxide). While laughing gas helps patients relax, they remain fully conscious. IV sedation, on the other hand, places patients in a deeper state of relaxation. Sometimes works so well that patients don’t remember the procedure at all. Both have their uses, depending on the procedure and the patient’s anxiety level.
Do I need sedation for a dental implant?
Whether or not you need sedation for a dental implant procedure will depend on various factors. Your dentist or oral surgeon will consider your comfort level, anxiety, and the complexity of the procedure. While local anesthesia is usually acceptable to numb the area and prevent pain, some patients prefer additional sedation to help them relax. It’s best to discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon. They will consider your individual needs and preferences.