What Is Sedation Dentistry?
With sedation dentistry from Dr. Kelly Blair, dental fear is a thing of the past!
If you're asking yourself “what is sedation dentistry?” then you are in the right place! For those who experience extreme dental anxiety or dental fear, the idea of being comfortable in the dentist's chair may sound impossible. With sedation dentistry, though, complete comfort during treatments isn’t just a dream; it’s a reality. Even if you experience fear when thinking about a simple cleaning, there’s no need to worry when there is a professional like Dr. Kelly Blair available to offer you a calm dental experience. What is sedation dentistry? Learn more about this amazing set of techniques used to improve patient experience and relieve dental phobias.
Sedation Dentistry Complements Your Regular Dental Care
Sedation dentistry includes a variety of options used to enhance every type of dental care treatment. Dentists skilled in this field can perform all of the following treatments and more while using sedation techniques to induce relaxation:
- Dental cleanings and exams
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental implants
- Fillings and crowns
- Periodontal therapy
- Full-mouth reconstructions
From the simplest treatments to the most complex procedures, you can forget all about your dental fear with help from sedation dentists like Dr. Blair in Fort Worth, Texas.
What sedation dentistry options are there?
You may have heard that dental practices often use oral sedation, but did you know that this is just one of several options available at our office? Dr. Blair is one of very few sedation dentists who offers IV as well as oral conscious sedation, and with the local anesthetic delivery technology, The Wand is able to make shots completely painless. Dr. Blair also offers NuCalm, a relatively new way to feel comfortable and soothed during treatments. NuCalm doesn't rely on medication; instead, this system combines dietary supplements, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, neuroacoustic binaural beat software, and light-blocking glasses to encourage your brain waves to tone down to alpha waves -- the "relaxed" level of brain wave activity. Dental care has never been as comfortable as it is with sedation dentistry at our Fort Worth dental office.
How does sedation dentistry work?
Various sedation dentistry options will each work a little differently, but they're designed with the same goals in mind: improvement of patient comfort and the conquering of dental fear. Here is what to expect from the menu Dr. Blair and provide for their patients:
- Nitrous Oxide (Level 1): Ever since it was first used by dentist Horace Wells to alleviate the pain of a tooth extraction in 1844, nitrous oxide has become a familiar tool of sedation dentists. You simply inhale the gas, and it induces intense feelings of warmth, tingling, euphoria, and, at higher doses, some drowsiness. Nitrous oxide’s effects are generally mild, and the dosage can be easily controlled and adjusted according to your unique needs. Because the sensations wear off quickly, this type of sedation dentistry is often used for simple procedures, and you can drive yourself home afterwards with no danger.
- Oral Conscious Sedation (Level 2): Sedation dentists like Dr. Blair have increasingly offered oral conscious sedation dentistry as a way to overcome intense anxiety. Using this technique, a more moderate level of sedation is induced than you would experience with nitrous oxide. In fact, while oral conscious sedation will leave you awake, you may feel drowsy or even like you're about to fall asleep, depending on the dosage. You’ll take an oral pill (often Halcion, which is similar to Valium) about an hour before your appointment.
- IV Sedation (Level 3): IV sedation dentistry offers a more intense level of drowsiness than oral conscious sedation, although you still maintain consciousness. It’s not the same thing as general anesthesia, which puts you completely to sleep. Instead, your dentist administers intravenously to allow for quick sedation without putting you completely to sleep.
These methods can help patients with a low tolerance for pain, sensitive teeth, or severe gag reflexes feel calm and comfortable.
Contact the office to learn about all the ways that sedation dentistry can enhance your experience in the dentist's chair and help you overcome your anxiety. Why turn to Dr. Blair for your sedation dentistry? Because their team is known not only for excellence in dental sedation, but for comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and general dental care too. Our office is located in Fort Worth, but we're happy to serve patients from White Settlement, Benbrook, North Richland Hills, Arlington, and beyond in the DFW area.