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Sedation Dentistry – Dallas, TX

The Relaxing Dental Visit You Deserve


Do you feel a little bit anxious whenever you visit your dentist? That’s not unusual at all; many people find themselves nervous even when receiving a normal dental checkup. However, there are patients who suffer from more severe anxieties or even outright phobias when it comes to dentistry due to their own past experiences or apprehension of a specific procedure. Children and patients with developmental disabilities are especially likely to experience fear during their appointments. Not only can this make the visit itself unpleasant, but stressing about it could lead to high blood pressure and trouble sleeping the night before. In extreme cases, it can be so bad that patients simply avoid dental care altogether and only ever visit a dentist once they’re in the middle of a dental emergency. We can help you relieve dental anxiety with sedation dentistry in Dallas, TX.

Why Choose R. David Brumbaugh, DDS for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Advanced Dental Training in IV Sedation
  • Comfortable, boutique-Styled Dental Office
  • Focused on Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Unparalleled Qualifications

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Dr. Brumbaugh is licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners in the administration of intravenous (IV), oral and Nitrous Oxide sedation. He holds advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) Health Care Provider Certification and is trained to handle emergency situations should one ever present. Dr. Brumbaugh is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

IV Dental Sedation

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If you are quite afraid of dental appointments or will be having an extensive procedure done, it’s likely that IV dental sedation will be the best choice for you. This is the most powerful form of sedation dentistry. However, while you likely won’t remember any of your appointment and will feel groggy afterwards, you will remain in a semi-conscious state for optimal safety. IV dental sedation can help even the most fearful patients rest easy while we care for their smile. Read on or give us a call today to learn more about IV dental sedation. 

What Is IV Dental Sedation?

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IV (intravenous) dental sedation is administered directly into a vein via a small needle in your hand or arm. It won’t take very long for the sedative to take effect, and you’ll begin to feel very sleepy or heavy. The medication dulls the body’s perception of pain as well as other sights, sounds, or feelings that would typically cause you distress. It will also help keep you still for an extended length of time, making it easier for us to complete complex treatments more quickly. Our experienced team will monitor your breathing and heart rate closely all throughout your visit, and we will be able to adjust the sedation level at any point as needed. The effects of IV sedation take a while to completely wear off, so you should make arrangements to have another trusted adult take you home afterwards.

Who Is a Good Candidate for IV Dental Sedation?

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This type of dental sedation is typically recommended for patients with severe dental phobias or for specific procedures where nitrous oxide wouldn’t be enough to ensure a comfortable, stress-free experience. It can also be a good choice for patients who find it difficult to sit comfortably in the examination chair, such as those with special needs or physical conditions that make their neck, back, or shoulders hurt. However, it is not a good option for patients who are breastfeeding, very old, very young, or suffer from specific medical conditions. To ensure that IV dental sedation is a safe an effective choice for you, we’ll first need to see you for a consultation.

The Benefits of IV Dental Sedation

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Relaxing with IV dental sedation during your next appointment offers several benefits, such as:

  • Getting the important oral healthcare you need in optimal comfort
  • Completing numerous or longer treatments all at once
  • No memory of your appointment
  • Fast-acting sedation means you won’t need to wait nervously
  • Your sedation dosage will be completely personalized and easily adjusted at any time

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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Not all cases of dental anxiety are particularly extreme. For milder cases, simple nitrous oxide sedation is appropriate. As you breathe in the gas, you’ll quickly feel its effects and enter a state of relaxation. You will not be asleep (and will be perfectly capable of answering questions or following instructions), but you also won’t feel pain, and you won’t be worried about what is going on around you. After the procedure, you’ll recover within a few minutes so that you can drive yourself home or back to work. Read on as we go over nitrous oxide dental sedation in Dallas in more detail.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

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Nitrous oxide sedation is one of the most commonly used forms of sedation dentistry. Not only is it the lightest and gentlest option, but most patients qualify as good candidates for it. Nitrous oxide sedation can be used to help patients who:

  • Need a little help to feel comfortable or relaxed in the dentist’s chair
  • Have sensitive teeth or an overactive gag reflex
  • Don’t typically respond to local anesthetic well
  • Suffer from neck, back, jaw, or other pain when sitting in the examination chair
  • Will be undergoing numerous or complex treatments in one appointment

Of course, the best way to determine if nitrous oxide dental sedation is right for you is to come visit us for a consultation. We’ll have a discussion with you about your concerns and goals, and then we’ll review your medical history and current health. Typically, we do not recommend nitrous oxide sedation for patients who are breastfeeding, have respiratory illness, or are currently experiencing nasal congestion or a cough.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

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Being sedated with nitrous oxide is quick and easy. We’ll simply place a small mask over your nose and you’ll inhale a colorless, odorless gas. Within moments, you’ll begin to feel light, airy, and content. Some patients may giggle at silly things, which is where nitrous oxide earns the nickname “laughing gas.” You’ll remain conscious enough to respond to our questions and follow basic instructions, but you’ll be completely oblivious to the sensations that would typically cause you anxiety or discomfort. We will carefully monitor your breathing and heart rate throughout your appointment, and we’ll be able to adjust your level of sedation at any time if needed to ensure maximum safety and comfort.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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Unlike IV sedation, there is practically no aftercare needed with nitrous oxide sedation. After your treatment, we’ll remove the mask from your nose and you’ll return to your normal state of alertness within just a few minutes of breathing regular air. This means you’ll be able to go back to the rest of your day without any interruptions, and you’ll even be able to drive yourself home from your appointment!

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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Taking care of your oral health shouldn’t cause you stress or discomfort. With our reliable dental sedation, we can help you have the relaxing dental visit you deserve. We’ll be happy to meet you for a consultation to ensure that sedation dentistry is right for you and to personally answer all your questions. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions and their answers below so you can learn more. If you have more questions or when you’re ready to schedule your next appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out and give us a call.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

When you visit Dr. Brumbaugh for sedation dentistry, you can rest comfortably knowing that you’re in capable, experienced, and highly trained hands. He is fully licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to administer all types of sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. As a certified member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, he’s completed countless hours of advanced training and always prioritizes patient safety. He and his experienced team will monitor your wellbeing throughout your procedure and adjust your level of sedation if ever needed. Plus, in the rare event of an emergency, Dr. Brumbaugh is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. When provided through a seasoned and respected dentist like Dr. Brumbaugh, sedation dentistry is extremely safe.

Will I Feel Any Pain with Sedation Dentistry?

While sedation dentistry is not specifically a pain medication, you are unlikely to feel any pain all during your treatment with sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry relies on antianxiety medication that reduces your response to sights, sounds, and sensations that would typically cause you emotional or physical discomfort. The most you’ll feel is some slight pressure in your mouth as we work, and if you are using oral conscious or IV sedation, you are unlikely to remember most of your treatment afterward anyways.

Does Dental Sedation Put You to Sleep?

Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation are more powerful than nitrous oxide sedation. Typically, you’ll feel groggy after your procedure for several hours and you won’t likely remember what your appointment was like. However, to many patients’ surprise, dental sedation does not put patients to sleep or knock them unconscious. While you may feel so relaxed that you doze off during your treatment, you can be easily awoken at any point and will be conscious enough to follow basic instructions from our team.

Which Type of Dental Sedation Is Right for Me?

It’s important to choose the right type of dental sedation for you to ensure your specific needs are met. That’s why we’ll first meet with you for a consultation to discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and review your health. With all these factors in mind, we’ll go over all your options with you and help you determine which one would be the safest and most effective for you.

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