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Relax in the Treatment Chair with Sedation Dentistry

Woman relaxing with head on pillowDental-related anxiety is a real problem for children and adults alike, and one that often keeps people from visiting the dentist’s office and receiving treatment for serious dental problems that will only get worse. At Daily Smiles MacArthur, our team prioritizes patient comfort every step of the way – that’s why we offer sedation options that are safe for all ages. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule a first appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call here in Irving, TX. We look forward to helping you feel at ease whenever you visit!

Oral Conscious Sedation

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Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of medication that our team will prescribe for you or your child. We will also provide all of the necessary directions for when to take it and how much to take. By the time you arrive at the practice (being driven by a trusted friend or family member), you should feel very relaxed and maybe even a little groggy.

For young children, we have oral sedation medication that they will take in the office that allows for a more calm and relaxed appointment.

While the patient will remain awake throughout their appointment and be capable of responding to instructions, they’ll be in such a deep state of comfort that they may not even remember much about the experience later on. Once treatment is complete and your family has returned home, the effects should wear off by the end of the day.

Nitrous Oxide

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Dr. Hirji may recommend nitrous oxide for patients who only struggle with mild nervousness and anxiety regarding dental appointments. Patients will probably know this service by another name – laughing gas! The process is simple: once you or your loved one is settled in the treatment chair, we’ll cover their nose with a mask. This mask will administer nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen, and after a few minutes of breathing it in, feelings of calm and contentment should begin.

One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is how quickly patients will be able to recover. After the mask has been removed and you’re breathing in regular air again, a feeling of normalcy should return in minutes. This is ideal for patients who need to get to work or children who can’t miss the rest of the school day.

Cost of Sedation Dentistry

The cost of sedation dentistry depends on a variety of factors, including the length of your treatment and the type of sedation you receive. Before you visit us for your appointment, we’ll provide you with a detailed estimate of the cost of sedation so you know what to expect. If you have any questions about insurance coverage or financing before your procedure, our friendly team of professionals will be more than happy to provide you with the answers you need.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Do you have questions about sedation methods? Our team is here to ease your anxiety and provide you with the answers you need to feel comfortable receiving treatment. Below, we’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our patients for your convenience.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Any patients who experience mild to moderate dental anxiety are great candidates for sedation dentistry. Other great candidates for oral conscious or nitrous oxide sedation include those who:

  • Have sensitive gag reflexes.
  • Are afraid of needles or shots.
  • Are overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of the dental office.
  • Have had a traumatic past experience with the dentist.
  • Have overly sensitive teeth.
  • Are self-conscious about their teeth.

If you experience any of these responses when you visit your dentist in Irving, don’t hesitate to let us know, and our team will be more than happy to accommodate you and help you feel comfortable when you visit us!

How long does it take for sedation to wear off?

Nitrous oxide sedation is great for patients who suffer from more mild dental anxiety. It’s administered in-office, and as quickly as the effects take place, they also wear off (within a couple of minutes). Oral conscious sedation is a bit different. It takes several hours for the full effects of the sedation to wear off, and you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up from your appointment.

Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?

No. You’ll remain completely conscious while under dental sedation and be able to respond to all of Dr. Hirji’s requests and questions. You’ll just remain in a comfortable and relaxed state until the effects wear off.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes! When sedation dentistry is administered by a dental professional, like Dr. Hirji, rest-assured that the process is completely safe. Before we administer it, we’ll ask you about your medical history and talk with you in great detail about which type of sedation is best for you.