We understand that a trip to the dentist may not be as appealing as relaxing in a sunny field. However, we want to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
At Ballard Family Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry as an option for our patients who experience dental anxiety. There are three types of dental sedation that sedation dentist Dr. Ballard offers:
Oral Conscious Sedation: This dental sedation option involves simply taking a pill before your appointment to relax you. You will feel slightly groggy but relaxed during your dental procedure. This option is not a painkiller so local anesthetic may also be used after the dental sedation pill takes effect. Oral conscious sedation decreases your anxiety and gives you little to no memory of the details of your dental procedure.
IV Sedation: The effects of IV sedation are similar to oral conscious sedation, but instead of taking a pill, the medication is administered intravenously. IV sedation usually takes effect more quickly and can be used on patients without a fear of needles.
Nitrous Oxide: Also known as ‘laughing gas’, this type of dental sedation is less intense than the other two options. With nitrous oxide, you will still be able to respond and interact with your dentist.
Is Dental Sedation Right For You?
You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you usually experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fear of the dentist
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Fear of needles or pain
- Neck or back problems
- Dental anxiety
- Low pain threshold
- Inability to sit still for long periods of time
Sedation Dentistry FAQ’s
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry has been used on millions of patients over the years with very positive results. This method is safe because the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored during the entire procedure. Your Saginaw TX sedation dentist at Ballard Family Dentistry will also review your medical history beforehand to make sure your dosage is correct for you.
Will I Remember My Dental Procedure?
It’s quite possible you won’t remember receiving treatment at all after having dental sedation. You will be completely comfortable and can practically sleep through your dental procedure!
Does My Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
Insurance plans vary, so contact us or your insurance provider prior to your sedation dentistry appointment to see what your plan covers.
Don’t let fear of the dentist prevent you from having healthy, beautiful teeth. Sedation dentistry at Ballard Family Dentistry may be your answer. Contact Dr. Ballard today! Call us today set up your dental appointment and ask us about sedation dentistry.