Relax with Sedation Dentistry in Arlington, Texas
Do you suffer from strong feelings of fear or anxiety when faced with a dental appointment? You’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans avoid much-needed care every year because of these emotions. At South Arlington Dental Care, Dr. Prachi Shah and her dedicated team strive to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for children and adults alike – however, we understand that this approach might not be enough. That’s why our Arlington, TX area practice offers sedation dentistry. With the help of our sedation options, patients have the safe and relaxed experience they deserve. We also serve the nearby areas of Pantego, Burleson, and beyond.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is typically recommended for patients with mild cases of dental anxiety. Dr. Shah and her team administer the gas through a nasal mask. Nitrous oxide improves your mood and creates a greater sense of comfort. Once the mask is removed, these effects wear off in a matter of minutes, which means patients return to their daily routine and even drive themselves home with virtually no downtime required.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If your level of dental-related fear is high, oral conscious sedation could be the right treatment option for you. Our team prescribes oral medication ahead of time, and patients are instructed to take it at a certain point before their procedure. Like the name suggests, oral conscious sedation doesn’t put patients to sleep. However, it does induce a deep state of relaxation that’s often so strong patients don’t remember anything about their treatment. You will need a trusted friend or family member to bring you to and from your appointment.
IV sedation is very similar to oral conscious sedation, but the medication being administered is intravenous instead of oral. This creates a more immediate effect for patients and also allows us to adjust the dosage more easily if needed. A board certified specialist or anesthesiologist will be brought in for this type of deep sedation. Patients undergoing IV sedation will need an escort to drive them home from our Arlington office after their procedure, as well as keep an eye on them until the effects wear off.
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