In order to ensure patients' comfort and safety, we provide a range of dental sedation. Patients should consider a sedative during any procedure if they experience phobia or anxiety, sensitive teeth or gag reflex, need to complete numerous procedures in one visit, or experience difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone. Grapevine sedation dentist, Dr. Greg Martin will be happy to review your ptions prior to beginning any service. Don’t hesitate to ask our team about dental sedation during any appointment, or contact us with questions anytime.
This form of moderate sedation is ideal for patients who experience severe dental phobia or anxiety as these patients often find it difficult to leave home for their appointment. Oral sedation is administered in pill form, and patients take the sedative medication at a predetermined time prior to their visit. That means patients are already relaxed before they leave home. Oral sedation is long lasting and offers patients a moderate level of sedation for several hours. While patients remain awake, they are extremely relaxed, and they will likely forget the appointment. Because of the long lasting effects of oral conscious sedation, patients should plan to have a trusted friend or family member drive them to and from their appointment. We recommend patients plan to rest for at least 24 hours from the time they take their last pill.
Nitrous oxide is one of the oldest forms of sedation. Inhaled through a nasal mask during treatment, the doctor is able to quickly and easily adjust dosage to maximize patient comfort. The effects of nitrous oxide are almost immediate, and patients experience significantly reduced stress and pain sensation. Once the nasal mask is removed, the sedative effects wear off quickly as well. That means patients are able to resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment. Nitrous oxide offer a mild sedative effect and is an effective sedation method for any patient with sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes as well as those who would like to be more comfortable during complex or multiple procedures.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is the highest level of sedation we offer our patients. Like nitrous oxide, the IV sedative dosage can be adjusted at any time during the procedure to ensure patients remain completely comfortable. Most patients remain awake, but it’s not uncommon for people to doze during their procedure. In order to ensure patient safety, we recommend a friend or family member escort them to and from our office and monitor them for at least the first few hours as they recover.