Sedation Dentistry – Richardson, TX
Stress-Free Appointments Every Single Time
You don’t need a degree in dentistry to know that many people don’t exactly love going to the dentist. In fact, some are downright terrified. To help our more nervous patients enjoy calm and cool dental visits here in Richardson, Dr. Shwarts is happy to offer sedation dentistry. No matter what kind of treatment someone needs, he can use the techniques below to ensure they feel mentally and physically relaxed from check-in to checkout. Think you could benefit from dental sedation? Give us a call to learn how we could use it at your next visit.
Why Choose Us for Sedation Dentistry?
- Sedation Can be Specially-Tailored for Each Patient
- Friendly Team That Treats Every Patient Like Family
- We Listen to Anxious Patients & Take Their Concerns Seriously
Oral Conscious Dental Sedation
If you have a particularly bad case of dental phobia, or if you require a more invasive procedure, Dr. Shwarts can prescribe you a pill to take at home on the day of your appointment. By the time you reach our dental office, you should already feel completely relaxed from head to toe. In the chair, you’ll remain awake and be able to respond to basic commands, but many patients end up falling asleep! Due to the strength of OCS, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to and from our dental office, and after your appointment, you should feel completely normal by the next morning at the latest.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide is ideal for patients who just need a little help to “take the edge off” of their dental nerves. The odorless gas is administered through a small nasal mask, and within a few minutes, a patient will begin to feel warm, happy, and slightly numb all over. The mask remains on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, meaning a patient can resume their day without any lasting drowsiness.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Dental anxiety and fear keep countless adult patients from scheduling important procedures and routine preventive visits that keep their smiles healthy and happy. Fortunately, our team offers sedation dentistry in Richardson to help our patients stay on-top of their oral health without compromising their mental and emotional states. Below, our team at Shwarts Family Dentistry has answered some of the most common questions that we’ve received from our patients. If you don’t see the information you need, please feel free to call our team.
Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can help patients who experience a wide range of barriers that keep them from having comfortable dental experiences. We typically suggest either oral conscious or nitrous oxide sedation to patients who:
- Have deep-rooted fear of the dentist that causes anxiety or panic attacks.
- Are afraid of needles.
- Are overstimulated by the sights and sounds of the dental office.
- Have strong gag reflexes.
- Have sensitive teeth and gums.
- Have difficulty getting numb from anesthesia.
If you experience any of these, don’t hesitate to reach out to your sedation dentist in Richardson today to learn whether we can help you have a more enjoyable dental visit.
Can sedation dentistry help relieve my pain, too?
Sedation dentistry is only used to help patients feel more relaxed and at-ease in the office, not to relieve any pain that can occur during your procedure. For that, we’ll administer anesthesia.
Will I remember my treatment?
This really depends on your unique reaction to the sedation and what type of sedation you receive. Typically, our patients don’t recall much of what happened during their procedure whether they received nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. For many patients, this is an added perk of this service, because it gives their anxiety and fear less fuel for future visits.
Will I need somebody to drop me off and pick me up from my appointment?
If you’re receiving nitrous oxide sedation, the effects typically wear off within just a couple of minutes of taking the mask off of your face, allowing you to drive yourself back home and carry on with the rest of the tasks you have to do that day. However, the effects of oral conscious sedation linger long after your visit, which is why you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drop you off and pick you up from your visit.
Does sedation dentistry have side-effects?
The side-effects that typically accompany both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation include:
- Dry mouth
- Brief amnesia
If you have any questions or concerns after your treatment, don’t hesitate to call our office.