Sedation Dentistry – Bedford, TX
Scared of the Dentist? We Can Help
Does your dread build and build as a scheduled dental checkup or procedure draws nearer? Rest assured that you’re not alone – patients of all ages struggle with negative emotions surrounding oral healthcare, from mild anxiety all the way to a full-blown phobia. At Dr. Meagan Elam’s dental office, our team works hard to create a comfortable and compassionate atmosphere for your ongoing care, but we also understand that these efforts may not always be enough. Thankfully, sedation dentistry is an available aid that can help you achieve genuine relaxation throughout the treatment process. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a first appointment here in Bedford.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For Me?
If any of the scenarios or characteristics sound familiar, it may be time to explore sedation dentistry with our team:
- You’ve had a bad experience with dental work in the past.
- Your oral nerves and/or gag reflex is overly sensitive.
- You find it very difficult to sit still and/or hold your mouth open for long periods of time.
- You experience mild, moderate or severe fear and anxiety when thinking about the dentist’s office.
You may know nitrous oxide by a funnier name – laughing gas! This mild sedative is a safe option for children and adults alike with mild nervousness or anxiety surrounding an upcoming dental appointment. Once our patient gets settled into the treatment chair, our team will cover their nose with a mask that starts administering the gas (mixed with oxygen). Within minutes of breathing in the nitrous oxide, feelings of calmness, contentment, and even euphoria may set in; this exposure can also be increased or reduced based on the patient’s reaction to ensure the ideal result.
Throughout their appointment, the patient will remain aware of what’s going on around them. One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off very quickly as well. This means that you won’t need to arrange for an escort to drive you home afterward. You’ll be able to return to school or work with only minimal downtime!
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you’re in need of stronger sedation than what nitrous oxide alone can provide, oral medication is available as well. Our team will prescribe a sedative to you and provide instructions regarding when to take it before your scheduled procedure. While patients will not be rendered unconscious, they should enter a deep state of relaxation while under the effects. Many have very vague memories of the experience altogether.
When choosing oral conscious sedation, make sure to arrange for a trusted family member or friend to drive you to and from the practice, as you will not be capable of safely driving yourself.