Sedation Dentistry in Fort Worth, TX
Relax with sedation dentistry from Dr. Kelly Blair
Do you feel anxious, stressed, or frozen with fear at the thought of the dentist’s chair? You aren’t alone. Less than half of Americans visit the dentist regularly, and many people avoid appointments because of what we call a dental phobia. Dr. Kelly Blair and our team go to great lengths to ensure optimal patient comfort at every visit. If you are scared of the dentist, please tell us! We can work with you, offering non-medicinal and medicinal treatments to ensure total peace of mind and body during your visits to our practice.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Are you wondering what receiving dental sedation will feel like? Would you like to know whether dental sedation will be safe for you? If you have questions about this service, Dr. Blair and our team will be more than happy to give you the answers! Below, you can find a list of common questions that we receive from our patients about sedation. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, please contact our office directly.
Can anyone receive dental sedation?
Although many people are great candidates for dental sedation, that’s not the case for every person. Here are a few reasons why somebody may not be a good candidate for this service:
- They’re younger than 18 years old.
- They’re pregnant.
- They’re allergic to the sedation.
- They have a stuffy nose and are having trouble breathing through your nose.
- They have a respiratory disease or bronchitis.
- They’re taking other medications that can’t be mixed with the sedation.
- They have sleep apnea.
If you have any concerns or questions about receiving sedation at your next visit, don’t hesitate to call us beforehand.
Can I drive myself home after my dental treatment?
This depends on what type of dental sedation that you receive. In most cases, patients who receive nitrous oxide sedation are able to drive themselves to and from their appointments because the effects usually wear off within a minute or two after the nose mask is taken off. However, patients who are receiving oral conscious or IV sedation should be prepared to have a friend or family member drop them off and pick them up from their appointment.
Will I remember my visit?
Many patients who receive dental sedation don’t remember much. If they do, it’s usually fuzzy. You may remember more on nitrous oxide than IV or oral conscious sedation; however, just because you don’t remember much doesn’t mean that you were asleep or unconscious. During all of these forms of sedation you’ll be able to respond to Dr. Blair’s questions and comply with what we ask.
Will I feel any discomfort if I’m sedated?
Sedation is not an anesthetic, so it won’t numb you or take away any pain during the procedure. However, when used in combination with an anesthetic, it can help you feel very comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment.