For many people, the idea of going to the dentist feels uncomfortable and even frightening. To ease anxiety, fear, and pain, Anniece Ward, DDS, at The Dental Den of Allen in Allen, Texas, offers sedation options to her patients who may be scared of undergoing dental work. There are many oral sedation options to choose from that will help you relax in the dentist’s chair. For more information, call The Dental Den of Allen or book an appointment online today.
In sedation dentistry, medication is used to alleviate pain and help patients relax during their dental visits. Often referred to as sleep dentistry, there are several levels of sedation:
During minimal sedation, you will feel relaxed and at ease, but you will be conscious and aware of what is going on around you.
You’re still conscious during moderate sedation, but you may slur your words and likely won’t remember much of the appointment.
While you may fall asleep during deep sedation, Dr. Ward will still be able to awake you easily.
Dr. Ward offers a number of oral sedation options in-office. After assessing a number of factors, including your level of fear and anxiety and dental concerns, she reviews the right sedation techniques to best suit your unique needs.
Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate and does not require any needles to administer. Because it is taken orally, these sedation options are typically given in pill form. For minimal sedation, a form of Halcion — similar to Valium, which is used to treat anxiety and muscle spasms — is generally given approximately one hour before your procedure.
How you feel after being orally sedated depends entirely on the amount and type you are given, and side effects often vary from person to person. In some cases, patients given oral sedation may actually fall asleep during the procedure. If you are given any form of Halcion, you will likely be drowsy and groggy following your appointment, so it’s important to talk to a family or friend about driving you home before scheduling your visit.
The Dental Den of Allen provides oral sedation to help their patients relax and feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist. If you think oral sedation can improve your relationship with the dentist, call The Dental Den of Allen or book an appointment online today.