Here at Legacy Dentistry, we don’t want your dental anxiety to prevent you from getting important dental treatments. For severe cases or extensive procedures, we can also provide oral conscious sedation or IV sedation to maximize your comfort. If you’ve been putting off an important procedure due to dental phobia, call us today; we’ll help you find a way to stay at ease at every visit with sedation dentistry in Midlothian, TX.
For this type of sedation, you’ll be given a special kind of medication, normally in the form of a pill. You’ll be told to take the pill at a set time before your procedure. Once it takes effect, you’ll feel very drowsy; you may even fall asleep, although you should be awakened rather easily. You will still be able to answer questions and follow directions. Plan on having someone else drive you to and from your appointment.
You might have heard nitrous oxide referred to as “laughing gas”; this name comes from the euphoric feeling you experience when you breathe it in. During a visit, we can administer nitrous oxide through a special nasal mask so it can help you stay relaxed throughout the appointment. If necessary, we can adjust your level of sedation in the middle of the process. Unlike other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide wears off quickly and won’t prevent you from driving afterwards.
An anti-anxiety drug can be administered directly into your blood stream via IV sedation (or intravenous sedation). Dentistry performed with this type of sedation is sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” but in truth, you’ll simply be extremely relaxed. You’ll still be able to interact with Dr. Nguyen, but you may not remember much about your treatment once it’s over. After a procedure with IV sedation, you may need to take the rest of the day off to fully recover, as you’ll still be somewhat groggy for a few hours.
As you prepare to undergo sedation dentistry, we understand you likely have many questions about the process. Whether it is wanting to know more about the safety of a particular form of sedation, how to prepare, or what you can expect afterward, our team at Legacy Dentistry is here to answer your questions and address any concerns. Below is a list of questions on sedation dentistry. If you do not see your question listed below, please feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment.
Yes, sedation dentistry is completely safe and effective when administered by a professional. Depending on the type of sedation you will receive (i.e., nitrous oxide, oral conscious, or IV), you can expect a relaxing and positive experience. Naturally, before receiving any type of sedation, though, you will need to schedule a consultation with a member of our team to discuss your eligibility, as not all patients are considered qualified candidates for sedation.
Most people can expect to be eligible for sedation dentistry; however, there are criteria most dentists tend to follow when determining whether someone is a candidate, such as:
If you are pregnant, taking certain medications, or have various medical conditions, you’ll need to discuss this with our team. This will help us determine if you should receive sedation for your upcoming procedure or wait.
This is dependent upon the type of sedation you will receive. With nitrous oxide, the effects begin to dissipate immediately once the gas has been turned off. With oral conscious and IV sedation, it is necessary that you have someone escort you to and from your dental appointment, as it will take time for the effects to fully wear off. With IV sedation, you will likely feel groggy the remainder of the day and will need to go home and rest.
Should you feel nauseous or experience more serious symptoms, make sure to contact our office as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, knowing whether your dental insurance company will agree to pay for sedation dentistry is not possible until you review your policy and/or call and speak to a representative. Each insurer is different, so if you are unsure of what to ask or how to go about getting the information you need, our team will be happy to work with your insurance company on your behalf. It is possible that they will cover at least a portion of the total cost, but you should determine if there will be any out-of-pocket expenses before agreeing to move forward with treatment.