Patient comfort is always a top priority here at DFW Absolute Dental, so for our more nervous patients, we’re ready to help by providing soothing sedation dentistry. Whether someone is coming in for a routine checkup or something more involved, we can use sedation to ensure that they stay relaxed from check-in to checkout. If you’re ready to finally overcome your dental anxiety and get the smile you deserve, contact us today to discuss your sedation options.
If you could take a pill that would help you feel calm during your dental appointments, would you do it? That’s exactly how oral conscious sedation works! Dr. Shahdad can prescribe you medication to take about an hour before your visit, so by the time you actually reach our dental office, you’ll already be physically and mentally relaxed. Your appointment will seem to fly by, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward (which is just fine for some patients!).
Nitrous oxide has been used for well over 100 years to help anxious dental patients of all ages, and it’s so gentle it can even be used on children. All a patient has to do is inhale the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within minutes, a deep sense of relaxation will come over their entire body. The mask stays on for the whole appointment, and once it’s removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to quickly go back to their day.
For patients with severe dental phobia, those who require extensive dental care, or those who want to have multiple procedures completed in one appointment to save time, IV sedation is an excellent option. A sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, helping a patient become deeply relaxed almost immediately. The best part about this approach is that it’s not only fast-acting and powerful, but it also enables our team to adjust a patient’s sedation level in real time, ensuring they remain comfortable from moment to moment.
With general anesthesiology, a patient will simply sleep throughout their procedure and wake up with no memory of it afterward. We typically recommend this for patients with extreme dental fear or those who have a condition that makes sitting still for an appointment very painful (such as a neck or back issue). It’s also very useful for helping patients with special needs who otherwise would not be able to receive routine dental care. For this service, we partner with a certified anesthesiologist to ensure the comfort and safety of our patients.