Sedation Dentistry in Flower Mound TX
Scared of the dentist? Don't let your fear of the dentist keep you from the smile you deserve! We offer both oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation to make your visits more comfortable and relaxing.
Oral sedation is designed to make your dental visit more comfortable and relaxing. Many patients prefer this type of sedation because of its simplicity and effectiveness. Oral sedation is ideal for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety. Patients who have held off receiving dental care because of dental anxiety should strongly consider oral sedation.
What Should I Expect With Oral Sedation?
With oral sedation, you will be given a combination of two medications, Halcion and Benadryl, that will be taken by mouth about an hour before your appointment. This combination of medications is very effective at establishing a calm, relaxed state.
It is important to have an adult present to transport you to and from the appointment. Following your appointment, it is recommended that you minimize the amount of activity for the remainder of the day. For your safety, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours.
Your health history is important for selecting the appropriate medication and dose, therefore, please make sure to inform us of any changes to your health or medications.
Medications Used With Oral Sedation
- Halcion - sedative
- Benadryl - sedative
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Dental IV sedation is designed to make your dental visit more comfortable and relaxing. Dental IV sedation is ideal for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. With dental IV sedation, the level of sedation can be carefully adjusted and maintained in order to provide you the maximum level of comfort. Patients who have held off receiving dental care because of dental anxiety should strongly consider dental IV sedation.
What Should I Expect With Dental IV Sedation?
With dental IV sedation, our sedation nurse will place an IV line in your hand or your arm. From there, medications will be administered to achieve a greater level of relaxation and drowsiness than can be achieved with oral sedation.
It is important to have a adult present to transport you to and from your appointment. Following your appointment, it is recommended that you minimize the amount of activity for the remainder of the day. For your safety, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours.
Your health history is important for selecting the appropriate medications and dosages, therefore, please make sure to inform us of any changes to your health or medications.
Medications Used With IV Sedation
- Zofran - prevent nausea
- Decadron - prevent swelling
- Benadryl - sedative
- Versed - sedative
- Fentanyl - pain medication
General Sedation Safety and Frequently Asked Questions
Is Sedation Safe?
The medications typically used for sedation belong to a class of drugs called benzodiazepenes. These medications have a long history of safe use for reducing anxiety in a dental setting. These medications are not typically associated with addiction and pose minimal side effects. The primary side effects associated with sedation medications include:
– Decreased alertness
– Alteration in the sense of time
– Incomplete recollection of the procedure
Is Sedation For Everyone?
Although oral sedation is generally a safe option to ensure a relaxing and comfortable visit, caution should be taken with certain patients:
– Pregnant or nursing mothers
– Patients with history of adverse reactions or allergies to benzodiazepines
– Patients with impaired kidney or liver function
– Patients with a history of complications associated with prior sedations
Contact our Flower Mound dental office for more information about sedation dentistry!