Sedation Dentist – Colleyville, TX
Have a Relaxing Appointment Every Time
It’s understandable that dental care can make some people very nervous, but at The DFW Dental Implant Center, we make patient comfort one of our top priorities. In addition to having a warm and friendly dental office atmosphere, we’re also able to offer our more anxious patients sedation dentistry, a proven way to calm unwanted thoughts and prevent physical discomfort. Whether going to the dentist makes you feel a little uneasy or completely terrified, our team can use the methods below to guarantee you have a pleasant visit no matter what kind of procedure you need. To learn more about your options, contact us today.
Why Choose DFW Dental Implant Center for Sedation Dentistry?
- Sedation available for any procedure
- Can be custom-tailored to each patient’s comfort level
- On-site IV sedation
Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is the lightest form we offer, and it’s perfect for those patients who need just a little help to relax in the chair. The odorless gas is inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose, and within minutes, a patient should feel warm, happy, and serene. We keep the mask on for the entire appointment and can adjust the amount of nitrous oxide as needed. When the mask comes off, the gas’ effects quickly disappear, enabling a patient to quickly resume their day.
Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation is the answer to many people’s prayers because, with this method, all you need to do is take a pill to make those lingering dental nerves melt away. You’ll be prescribed medication and instructed to take it on the day of your appointment. By the time you reach our dental office, you’ll already be deeply sedated (which is why we require that someone else drive you to and from the dental office). You’ll likely remain awake the entire time, but your visit will seem to fly by in a flash, and you’ll probably have only fuzzy memories of it afterward.
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV sedation is ideal for patients with extreme dental phobia, who need extensive dental care, or who want to have multiple procedures completed in one appointment to save time. For this, a sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, making a patient become fully relaxed very quickly. One of the best parts about IV sedation is that it allows our team to adjust a patient’s sedative level in real time to ensure they are always comfortable.
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What Is IV Sedation?
IV sedation is when relaxing medication is administered directly into a patient’s bloodstream. We give it to patients via a small tube attached to the hand. Throughout your procedure, we can adjust your level of sedation to ensure maximum comfort and safety. We will also closely monitor your pulse and blood oxygen levels.
What to Expect with IV Sedation
The medication will take effect soon after it enters your bloodstream. You will remain conscious during the procedure, so you will be able to respond to directions or questions from our team. After your appointment, however, you are unlikely to remember anything about it. Because IV sedation is so powerful, you will need to have a friend or family member available to drive you home.
Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation offers some outstanding benefits:
- It can calm even the most stubborn cases of dental phobia.
- The level of sedation can be adjusted throughout an appointment.
- It takes effect very quickly (this is an advantage over oral sedation, which may take an hour or so to kick in).
- It produces fewer and milder side effects than general anesthesia. It also has a faster recovery time.
When Is IV Sedation Recommended?
We recommend different types of sedation depending on a patient’s unique circumstances. IV sedation may be right for you if:
- You suffer from extreme dental phobia
- You must undergo extensive or multiple dental procedures in one appointment
- Other types of sedation are not effective for you
- You have a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to remain still during treatment
- You have a strong gag reflex
Would you like to learn more about IV sedation and how it may make your next dental procedure as easy and relaxing as possible? Contact your sedation dentist in Colleyville today to ask questions or schedule a consultation.
The Cost of Sedation
If you’re considering sedation, you’re probably wondering about the price. The best way to know how much your sedation will cost is to contact our office. We’ll be able to discuss your needs and recommend the best option. However, we also want to make it easy for our patients to satisfy their curiosity, which is why we’ve included some important information about the cost of your sedation. Especially if you struggle with dental fear or anxiety, familiarizing yourself more with sedation dentistry will help you prepare for your treatment. Read below to learn more!
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Types of Sedation
We offer 3 different types of sedation based on your level of anxiety and dental procedure. The first, nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) costs $95. The more moderate form of sedation we have is oral sedation, which costs $150. For extensive dental surgeries, or patients who are extremely nervous, general anesthesia (also known as deep sedation) will cost $500 per hour with a $1,200 minimum. Remember that these fees add to the total cost of your restorative, cosmetic, preventive, or emergency services.
The Sedation Process
The process for your sedation dentistry will vary based on which option you choose or need. Nitrous oxide is administered at our office, and it wears off rather quickly, allowing you to drive to and from your appointment without any issues. For oral conscious sedation, you’ll take a pill about an hour before your visit, giving the medication some time to take effect. You should have someone to drive you to our office and back home because you may be groggy after treatment. Lastly, general anesthesia is administered intravenously, which is why we typically require longer appointment times and someone with you at our office.
Is Sedation Worth the Investment?
Sedation comes with a cost in addition to your regular dentistry, so is it really worth it? The answer is yes for anyone who has mild, moderate, or severe dental fear/anxiety. This fear of the dentist can be a real problem if it keeps you from the dental care you need. Thankfully, sedation dentistry keeps you cool, calm, and collected during your entire appointment. The best part is that we have options for all levels of anxiety, and our sedation methods are incredibly predictable. Sedation helps you overcome your fear while allowing Dr. Branberg to give necessary treatments. Additionally, sedation can benefit those with a hyperactive gag reflex, making dental appointments easier for Dr. Branberg, Dr. Cancemi, and their patients.
Is Sedation Covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance providers do not cover sedation dentistry because they see it as an unnecessary treatment. However, it’s important to remember that this will vary from plan to plan. At DFW Implant Center, we are committed to helping our patients enjoy stress-free, affordable dentistry. If you have any questions about dental insurance or the cost of your sedation, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
At The DFW Dental Implant Center, we understand patients may have questions and concerns about sedation dentistry, especially if they have never been sedated for treatment before. That is why we have collected some of the most common questions about nitrous oxide and other sedation methods and answered them below. We hope you find this FAQ section informative and helpful! If you prefer to speak directly with Dr. Branberg, Dr. Cancemi, or our staff about sedation dentistry, do not hesitate to contact our office! Our expert team is always happy to field patients’ questions about all matters related to oral health and dental medicine.
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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
When administered by a sedation dentist in Colleyville, nitrous oxide and other forms of dental sedation are both a safe and effective way to manage pain and dental anxiety. Dr. Branberg or Dr. Cancemi will first review your medical history before deciding if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. In addition, you will be continuously monitored throughout any procedure in which you are sedated, just in case you experience a negative reaction.
In addition, it is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) considers nitrous oxide to be a safe and effective sedation technique for younger patients as well.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
In general, most healthy adults who experience dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Individuals with heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, or a respiratory disease may need to seek clearance from their doctor before undergoing dental sedation.
You may be a good candidate if any of the following circumstances or feelings apply to you:
- Feel extreme anxiety or fear of visiting a dentist in Colleyville
- Panic when a dentist places instruments in your mouth
- Have experienced a traumatic dental experience in the past
- Need extensive dental treatment or oral surgery
- Have difficulty sitting for long periods of time
- Have a strong gag reflex that could interfere with dental treatment
Can I Drive Home After I Have Been Sedated?
A major benefit of nitrous oxide is the fact that it wears off almost immediately after the mask is removed. After just a few minutes following treatment, you will feel fully alert and be able to drive home or back to the office.
Patients will need to arrange transportation, however, when their visit to our office involves oral or IV sedation. Since oral sedation is usually taken an hour or so before an appointment, the effects may begin to set in before you arrive. For this reason, you should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you both to and from our office.
Meanwhile, the effects of IV sedation can linger for an hour or so after treatment, so be sure to have someone ready to give you a ride home following your appointment.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
Unfortunately, many dental insurance plans do not cover sedation dentistry. However, every insurance plan is different, so you should double check with insurance provider if you think you would benefit from dental sedation. At The DFW Dental Implant Center, we believe every patient deserves affordable, comfortable dental care. That is why we are proud to partner with CareCredit and LendingClub, organizations that provide patients with flexible financing for dental care in the form of low-interest payment plans. Ask our staff for more details!