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Sedation Dentist - Dallas, TX

Helping Patients Relax

woman sleeping in chairCountless people avoid the dentist’s office because of nervousness, anxiety, or outright fear. Here in the DFW area, Dr. Mariya Barnett and the rest of our dedicated staff understand this problem well, and we do our best to create a safe and friendly environment for patients of all ages. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry as an effective aid for calming nerves and lessening negative emotions during the treatment process. Contact our Dallas, TX practice today to visit a female dentist who excels at exceeding expectations! We also welcome new patients from Lakewood, TX and other surrounding areas.

What Sedation Dentistry Options Are Available?

Nitrous Oxide

nitrous maskMore commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that patients breathe in through a nasal mask. Within a few minutes, you should begin to feel happier and calmer, and these effects will last as long as the mask stays in place. One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is that the effects also wear off very quickly, which means you can continue your daily routine without the need for downtime or an escort.

Oral Conscious Sedation

hand holding pillDr. Barnett can prescribe a sedative with instructions to take at a certain time before the appointment. Once the medication starts to have an effect, you should feel deeply comfortable; you may not even remember the procedure afterwards. You will need a friend or family member to bring you both to and from our office.

IV Sedation

IV dripIV sedation is very similar to oral conscious sedation, but it’s administered intravenously and allows for a deeper level of sedation. We are able to monitor and adjust the dosage you’re receiving for optimal comfort throughout the procedure. With IV sedation, you will enter a deep state of relaxation, and will need to be escorted home and monitored for the rest of the day.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Patient receiving sedation dentistry in Dallas from a dentist

Have you never received sedation dentistry before? If not, you may want to consider it as an option if you find it extremely difficult to complete dental treatments. Whether you feel anxious through the entirety of your visit or you frequently cancel appointments at the last minute out of fear, Dr. Barnett is ready to help you keep calm and get the essential dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile. Read through some of our most common questions on sedation dentistry below to learn more.

Will I remember anything with dental sedation?

Technically, there isn’t a single type of dental sedation designed to put you to sleep. However, it’s pretty unlikely you will remember much of your visit after receiving sedation, especially stronger options like oral conscious and IV sedation. The memory loss effect that sedation carries makes it much easier for patients to manage high or extreme levels of anxiety as well as push down negative experiences with previous dentists they didn’t enjoy.

How long does dental sedation last?

The length of your sedation side effects will vary depending on which option you choose. With nitrous oxide, it should only take a few minutes for your state to get back to normal as you continue to slowly breathe in regular air. That means you can drive yourself home or back to work with no lingering drowsiness. That cannot be said for either oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, both of which carry light side effects for the rest of the day. Do not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for the next 24 hours after your procedure. Feeling groggy for several hours afterwards is normal, but you’ll still need a ride home after your appointment (and in the case of oral conscious sedation, you’ll need a ride to the office as well since the pill is usually taken about an hour before the appointment begins).

What are the risks of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is generally safe for most people, but there are a few risks to keep in mind. Everyone reacts to sedation differently, so make sure to discuss with our team any preexisting conditions or medications you take. Those with obstructive sleep apnea or taking certain medications may not be eligible to receive sedation due to the risk for complications. With that said, the most common side effects people experience after receiving sedation include nausea, headaches, and grogginess (not including nitrous oxide).

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

IV sedation will generally cost more on average then nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation because of the additional risks involved. More training is also needed to provide IV sedation in a dental setting. Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation can cost a few hundred dollars, while IV sedation usually costs much more. Keep in mind your costs are also dependent on how long you are under the sedative’s effects. Oral conscious sedation is the exception in this case since we cannot change the dosage once it has been taken. We’re happy to recommend alternative financing options if you are concerned about costs.