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Tyler Dental Care offers sedation dentistry to enhance our patients’ comfort and their peace of mind during oral health treatments. Sedation dentistry is beneficial to those who have strong dental phobias and to those receiving complex or invasive treatment. The comfort of our guests is incredibly important to our team. We pride ourselves on providing comfortable and quality treatment in a positive, welcoming setting.
Dental phobia and anxiety are relatively common among patients. Many people’s fears of the dentist are manageable with stress reduction techniques and mindful breathing. Then there are people who have moderate fears of dental settings and can make it to regular appointments with medication or nitrous oxide. Others, however, have such debilitating anxiety that they may forego treatment for years out of fear – not knowing how much sedation dentistry eases fears and relaxes a frantic mind.
Those with dental fears and phobias can benefit from sedation dentistry because certain medications and compounds have an anxiolytic effect on the body and mind. Common forms of sedation for those with mild to moderate anxiety are nitrous oxide and oral sedation (prescription tablets).
Feelings of intense panic and fear (anxiety) that occur before and during dental treatment or when thinking about dental environments can be greatly diminished with sedation. The medications and compounds used in sedation dentistry prohibit receptors in the brain from producing the chemical reactions responsible for emotions like fear/panic, and debilitating thought patterns.
With the help of sedation dentistry, patients with anxiety can begin to develop positive experiences in dental environments. Most patients report that future appointments become easier once they become acquainted with our compassionate and dedicated staff.
Sedation dentistry also has a place in improving the physical comfort of patients – especially during treatments that might be invasive, long, or complex. The oral cavity is full of nerve endings, which can produce discomfort when nearby tissue is being treated. Sedation can increase comfort by increasing the effectiveness of anesthetics and by relaxing a patient’s mind and body.
In dentistry, there are three common forms of sedation. The mildest form is nitrous oxide – a gas that is delivered through a soft nasal mask. Nitrous oxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Its effects last as long as it is being administered. Since the effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, patients can normally drive themselves to and from appointments. Nitrous oxide is ideal for procedures like placing fillings, bonding treatments, and other restorations. Sometimes patients receiving root canal (endodontic) therapy and even dental implants only rely on local anesthetics and nitrous oxide for managing discomfort. Those with lower pain thresholds or moderate to severe anxiety will likely require stronger medications.
Another form of sedation is the use of prescription tablets. This is called oral sedation. These medications normally come from the benzodiazepine class of drugs. This class of medication is developed to stop the chemicals that produce feelings of worry, panic, intense fear, and tension. If anxiety is present, this medication works well to produce a feeling of calmness for a prolonged amount of time. When procedures are performed that are more invasive, oral sedation can increase comfort.
Lastly, conscious sedation is a stronger form of sedation dentistry administered intravenously. IV conscious sedation is powerful enough that patients sleep peacefully throughout treatment but are still able to talk and interact with the dental team, if needed.
We at Tyler Dental Care are proud of the service and care we provide each of our patients.
The staff is amazing! Everyone is so personable and interested in getting to know you. I recently went in for fillings and they made sure I was comfortable and talked me through the whole thing. It was a great experience. I will definitely be using them from now on.
I've enjoyed each and every visit thus far. The staff is friendly and isn't quick to forget your name even with the average 6 months between visits. All in all, I'd certainly recommend Tyler Dental Care if you happen to be looking for great dentistry.
Tyler Dental Care is the most caring place I know. They take care of me and my entire family! I feel like Dr. Dowd and his team are truly in business to keeping all of the people in Tyler smiling! I can honestly say that that my dental home is at Tyler Dental Care!!!!!!!!!
Anxiety is a common emotion. Unfortunately, for some people, anxiety can be debilitating. This could be due to a specific fear (phobia) or a previous experience. In some instances, anxieties can develop for no known reason, too. Those who have dental anxiety and/phobia can experience noticeable symptoms like difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, and a flood of irrational or intensely fearful thoughts. When it comes to dental phobias, people might experience heightened and even debilitating anxiety in dental settings, thinking about dental settings, and/or remembering previous dental treatment.
Anxiety and dental phobia can prevent people from receiving the oral healthcare they need. In fact, some patients go years without necessary treatment. If you have intense fears of dental treatment, we welcome you to discuss sedation dentistry with our dentist. Our practice offers different forms and strengths of sedation to accommodate the unique needs of our guests.
Conscious sedation for dental work is a form of anesthesia that does not induce medical unconsciousness. While effective and sedating medications are used, they will not produce the effects of general anesthesia. For example, a person receiving conscious sedation is able to respond to questions or instructions. For the most part, however, patients are left to rest peacefully while our team provides excellent care. This form of sedation is typically reserved for those receiving lengthy and/or invasive treatment.
Many people enjoy dental cleanings because the results are noticeable: a person’s mouth will feel incredibly clean. While the sensation of a clean mouth is appealing, there are plenty of reasons why dental cleanings are a good idea.
“Laughing gas” is a common term for nitrous oxide. This gas has been used in medical and dental settings for over a century. Nitrous oxide produces a calming, euphoric effect to ease discomfort and anxiousness. This sedation option is beneficial because nitrous oxide wears off quickly once it is no longer being administrated. Unlike oral or conscious sedation, patients who receive nitrous oxide can drive home without assistance – unless their health or unique situations dictate otherwise.
The most commonly used forms of sedation are quite affordable. For example, nitrous oxide and oral sedation (prescription tablets) are surprisingly affordable. Conscious sedation, however, involves special equipment, extra staff to monitor a patient’s vitals, and much stronger medication. If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover some or all of the cost.
At Tyler Dental Care, we work hard to provide exceptional dental care to our patients. We offer comprehensive dental services, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and innovative dental technology to ensure the health of your smile and your overall well-being.
Dentistry has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. At Tyler Dental Care, we love how technology helps our patients receive more comfortable and comprehensive dental care. We’ve incorporated modern diagnostic and treatment equipment, so you can benefit from the most advanced care available.
Dr. Loyd Dowd carries with him a clear vision–to help fearful and anxious patients receive the dental care they need essential to quality of life and overall well being. Through extensive education and training, Dr. Dowd has established his niche in the field of dentistry.