Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Q) What types of dental sedation are available at your office?
As a sedation dentist, Dr. Kelly Blair offers nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation at their Fort Worth office. We also use patient comfort technologies like The Wand and NuCalm to enhance your sedation dentistry treatment, providing complete relaxation for both patients suffering from dental phobia and those just looking for a more relaxing dental visit.
Q) Is “sedation dentistry” the same thing as “sleep dentistry?”
Many people refer to sedation dentistry as “sleep dentistry,” but this name can be misleading. You won’t be asleep during your treatments with Dr. Blair. Instead, you’ll be in a very deep state of relaxation. However, it can feel like sleep because you’ll most likely not remember your visit when it’s done if you’ve opted for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation.
Q) Who needs sedation dentistry?
Patients with extreme anxiety and dental phobia often opt for sedation dentistry, but this isn’t the only reason you could choose to visit a sedation dentist like Dr. Blair. Dental sedation can also help patients who have trouble feeling comfortable in the dental chair, who need to have several procedures performed in one sitting, or who suffer from strong gag reflexes.
Q) What are the symptoms of dental phobia?
If you avoid the dentist out of fear, experience symptoms of anxiety before an appointment (sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, dizziness, nausea), or can’t forget a negative dental experience from your past, you may be suffering with dental phobia. Dental sedation is one way that Dr. Blair help patients overcome these debilitating feelings.
Q) Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes. Dental sedation has been shown to be completely safe when performed by an experienced sedation dentist. Our staff will monitor you throughout your procedure to make sure you’re safe at all times.
Q) Do I need someone to drive me home after undergoing treatment with dental sedation?
It depends. If you choose for a mild sedation dentistry option like nitrous oxide, you will most likely be able to drive yourself home afterward. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, leaving you completely alert with no hangover effects. However, if you opt for a stronger sedation dentistry treatment like oral or IV sedation, you’ll need someone to help you get home safely.