Oral Conscious Sedation
Many people have postponed dental treatment for numerous reasons such as anxiety about the procedure, the length of time they are in the dental chair, and fear from previous dental experiences. If this describes you, please read on.
Oral conscious sedation is the perfect adjunct to our comfort treatment options. Patients are pre-screened to determine whether or not this type of sedation is a good option for them. The patient swallows a small pill about 45 minutes to a hour before the procedure. This, combined with the nitrous oxide administered during the procedure, provides a deep level of sedation without putting the patient to sleep. Near the end of the procedure, the nitrous is cleared and the patient is released to go home with the driver who brought him.
If the patient prefers a milder form of sedation, nitrous oxide can be used without the oral sedative. If used in this way the patient is “back to normal” when he leaves the office and can drive himself home. A pulse oximeter is used throughout the procedure to monitor the patient¹s blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation levels.
Dr. Burnett is certified by the Texas State Dental Board for both forms of sedation.
Sedation with a Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Some patients prefer to be put into a deeper state of anesthesia for longer procedures using IV Sedation. It is a very simple process for us to schedule with Tyler Sedation (a group of board certified anesthesiologists) to have one of their doctors come in and safely put you into a deeper level of sedation with no memory of your dental procedure. This option has made it possible for many dental phobic patients to have their needed treatment done successfully in only one or two appointments.