Dr. Bradley Dean offers a variety of sedation dentistry techniques, including IV sedation and oral sedation. These therapies are delivered in our Plano, TX dental office under careful supervision. We are committed to providing you with the safest and most reliable methods of sedation dentistry available.
Dr. Dean’s in-depth experience with sedation dentistry is highly unique. This makes it possible for patients to receive the dental care they need without fear or anxiety. More procedures can be performed in a single visit, saving the patient 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 people are interested in being sedated for dental treatment including:
- General anxiety disorder
- Resistance to local anesthetic
- Sensitive oral nerves
- Dental phobia or fear of 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 sedation dentistry technique. The effects of IV sedation resolve quickly once the IV is removed.
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. You 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 you are done.
Oral Dental Sedation
Oral sedation dentistry is administered by taking a pill that relaxes patients to the point of sleep, while still allowing them full control over their 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.
The technique is often referred to 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
- Enables more treatment to be provided in fewer visits