Sedation Dentistry/ sedation dentist lake highlands & North Dallas
Conscious sedation is most commonly used during more extensive dental procedures, or when patients are experiencing dental fear and anxiety. Sedation dentistry is considered an effective way to make patients feel comfortable during their visit. There are numerous different dental procedures and treatments that may require the patient to be sedated. Dr. Ron Katyal and our Premier Smiles team believes in giving our patients the option of sedation for their dental treatment, such as root canal therapy or tooth extraction. Sedation dentistry is extremely safe and allows us to provide you with the care and treatment you need – pain-free.
In order to eliminate the fears surrounding the idea of being “put under”, Dr. Katyal will do a thorough medical history review of each patient before deciding which option is best. It is imperative that you disclose and inform Dr. Katyal about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving before being sedated. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, Dr. Katyal will go over the process with you as well as both pre- and post-sedation instructions. With more than 18 years of experience in family and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Katyal is an expert at sedation dentistry and will do everything he can to answer your questions and make sure you are comfortable with the process before we begin.
Types of Sedation
- Oral Conscious Sedation – This type of sedation is administered orally and brings patients to a relaxed state of consciousness with the intention of decreasing any pain and discomfort. The sedation medication is given in office, one hour prior to appointment. Dr. Katyal will personally monitor and calculate dosage for each individual. Patients who receive oral conscious sedation are able to communicate and respond to questions throughout the procedure.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Also referred to as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide sedation is another
conscious sedative that has a calming effect and is particularly helpful for patients who are
anxious or fearful of going to the dentist. This form of sedation is a mixture of oxygen and
gas and wears off almost immediately after treatment.
- IV Sedation – Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry”, IV sedation
is when a patient is administered sedatives directly into the bloodstream. This is the sedative
of choice for patients who have a more extreme dental phobia, as it will calm them almost immediately and is a deeper form of sedation than Nitrous and Oral Sedation.
There are numerous advantages to sedation while receiving dental treatment at Premier Smiles. Not only will your treatment be completed while you are in a more relaxed state of mind, but you will experience less discomfort following the treatment and we may be able to perform several different restorations or treatments while you are sedated. Sedation dentistry is quite common and performed at our Premier Smiles on a regular basis. Dr. Katyal will do everything in his power to ensure you understand both the benefits and side effects of the specific type of sedation he recommends. To see whether or not sedation is right for you, contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Katyal.