Calm Your Dental Fears with Sedation Dentistry
Among the most common phobias, visiting the dentist causes many people severe anxiety and stress. Often, fearful patients forgo necessary dental care because their fear dentist tools and techniques. If you find yourself panicking at the thought of visiting the dentist, you should know that there are safe and comfortable sedation dentistry options available from Dr. Ramsey. Schedule your sedation dentistry appointment with Dr. Ramsey today. Dr. Ramsey is a trusted Lake Highlands sedation dentist, now delivering quality care daily throughout the Lake Highlands community of North Dallas and the nearby communities of Richardson, University Park, Highland Park, Garland, Plano, Rowlett, Mesquite, Carrollton, and Addison, Texas.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral sedation alleviates anxiety, so that you can face dental appointments with confidence. If you’re a good candidate for oral sedation, Dr. Ramsey will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative medication for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely-prescribed sedatives can diminish anxiety and help you relax. Your anxiety level will help Dr. Ramsey determine the needed dosage, which in turn determines your sedation level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed they drift off into a restful sleep during their dental procedures. Throughout your appointment, we will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose oral sedation, you must have a responsible adult who can drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you after the appointment until the sedative wears off completely.
What Is IV Sedation?
While mostly used for oral surgeries or time-consuming procedures, IV sedation can alleviate severe anxiety and phobias associated with dentists, needles, and drills to make any dental procedure pleasant. In addition, patients with sensitive gag reflexes and those with TMJ or other neuromuscular disorders can often benefit from IV sedation. IV sedation allows us unprecedented control over relaxation levels, so we can tailor the sedation to your specific needs. Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed, drowsy, or you may fall asleep completely. Typically, patients remain conscious and can respond to questions but do not experience extreme nervousness or discomfort, remembering little about the appointment afterwards. To prepare for an appointment in which you will receive IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to your procedure, except for prescription medications, unless advised otherwise. While you are under sedation, we closely monitor blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. After your dental work, we stop the IV and let you rest comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes before discharge. As with oral sedation, you must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home from your appointment and remain with you until drowsiness.
Do You Need Sedation Dentistry?
In general, patients choose sedation dentistry if they:
- experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
- put off important dental treatment because of dental fear or anxiety
- have a sensitive gag reflex
- have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
- cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back problems
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The anti-anxiety medications used to achieve sedation have been prescribed and studied for years, so potential side effects are widely documented. These sedatives are generally safe for most patients and have a low incidence of side effects, which tend to be minor.
Typically, patients who receive sedation experience:
- Retrograde amnesia, in which they recall little to nothing about the dental procedure
- Decreased post-operative soreness
- Dry mouth
- A very small percentage of patients may temporarily have hiccups after taking sedative medication.
Schedule your sedation dentistry appointment with Dr. Ramsey today. Dr. Ramsey is a highly skilled Lake Highlands sedation dentist, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout the Lake Highlands community of North Dallas and the nearby communities of Richardson, University Park, Highland Park, Garland, Plano, Rowlett, Mesquite, Carrollton, and Addison, Texas.