For those who experience dread at the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair, sedation dentistry offers a comfortable alternative for patients to keep their teeth and gums healthy while lessening their anxiety. During your consultation, Dr. Loyd Dowd, the sedation dentist in Tyler, TX will discuss your level of anxiety with you to determine the best method of sedation.
Sedation dentistry allows you to undergo dental procedures in a relaxed state. With minimal sedation, you will be awake and aware, able to respond to Dr. Dowd’s instructions or questions. With moderate sedation, you will still be able to respond but will be relaxed deeply enough that you will not recall much of the appointment.
Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation: IV Conscious Sedation, often called Twilight Sleep, is by far the most effective form of sedation. It utilizes a direct administration of sedatives using an IV. Your vital signs, including EKG and blood oxygen content are monitored throughout the procedure. This allows Dr. Dowd to precisely control the amount of the sedative you receive, and while you will be able to respond to his instruction, you will not remember the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O): Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, produces a feeling of euphoria for patients, within minutes of use. Dr. Dowd can control the amount administered to increase your level of relaxation, and when the procedure is complete and the gas is turned off, you will return to a normal state in a few minutes.
Oral Sedation: When you opt for oral sedation, Dr. Dowd will give you a prescription pill to take roughly an hour before your appointment. This will provide you with a relaxed feeling. While the sedation is mild enough that you will be able to hear and respond to Dr. Dowd at all times, you will not be able to drive yourself to or from your appointment.
With sedation dentistry, you can Forget You Were Here! Call today to schedule.