Severe dental anxiety can make it hard to go to the dentist. For some, it's enough to avoid the dentist completely.
Our dentists offer sedation at MyMouthDental/MyKidzMouthDental in Rowlett, TX, so patients of all ages can receive the care they need.
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Dr. Ashley Ramsey is a board-certified pediatric dentist with over 10 years of experience. She routinely administers various levels of sedation and follows all guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jose Montoya and an anesthesiologist can provide oral sedatives for a wide range of procedures, as well. Constant monitoring during the sedation process ensures that all patients receive safe and effective care.
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We love this dentist! My daughters have gone here since the beginning and now are 8 and 12. I have one daughter who had a severe bike accident and they came to rescue and opened early for her. I have another daughter who has severe anxiety and they had done everything to make her feel safe and now is able to be back by herself. They have been such answered prayers! Highly recommend.
Our family loves all of doctors at My Mouth/Kidz Dental. As a mom, I love having the pediatric dentist and adult dentist in the same office. My kids get their cleaning at the same time as mine (huge time saver). My oldest children have moved up in to the adult side now that all of their permanent teeth have arrived. The continuity of care is very comforting. Plus two of my kids have Autism. All of the staff have been so patience and diligent to meet our unique needs. You will not regret bringing your family!
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Types of Sedation
Nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas", is a gaseous sedation recommended for minor procedures. This sedative medication is administered through a mask or nosepiece. Once placed, your dentist will instruct you to breath normally through the mask. The relaxing effects of nitrous oxide are felt within three to five minutes, and the dosage can be adjusted at any point during your dental treatment. Though most patients are aware of their surroundings, most remain fully relaxed for the duration of the appointment. Nitrous oxide is also the only sedation that allows patients to drive themselves to and from the dental office.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral medications can provide mild to moderate sedation, based on the needs of the individual. At some other practices, patients are instructed to take a pill the night before their appointment, but this can cause unnecessary side effects. Instead, our team administers a liquid sedative medication on-site. This faster-acting alternative allows us to better monitor the effects and adjust the dosage, if we need to. Oral sedation induces relaxation and oftentimes grogginess, but does not render a patient unconscious. Individuals can still communicate with the dental team during the procedure but you will need to arrange for a ride home from a friend or family member.
At our practice, our dentists work alongside a trained dental anesthesiologist who will deliver intravenous (IV) sedation directly to the bloodstream via a vein in the arm or hand. When administered in this manner, the effects are felt almost immediately. Patients are still conscious, but feel relaxed and at ease and may even fall asleep. During the procedure, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels are monitored constantly. The dosage can be adjusted at any point during the appointment for immediate effects. IV sedation is considered one of the safest, most reliable methods of sedation dentistry.
In some cases, individuals may require stronger anesthesia than what conscious sedation can offer. Deep sedation or general anesthesia is administered in a hospital setting. Our doctors can refer patients to one of our trusted colleagues when this type of treatment is necessary. Under this type of anesthesia, patients are deeply asleep and unconscious. At the end of the procedure, the anesthesiologist will reverse the effects with medication. When patients undergo general anesthesia, they have absolutely no memory of the procedure. They are completely unconscious and will need the rest of the day for the effects of the medication to subside.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Severe Gag Reflex
Despite gentle techniques, some individuals suffer from an extreme gag reflex and general unease in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry can help you feel more comfortable so you can receive the dental care you deserve.
Sensitive teeth can make even the most routine dental treatments uncomfortable. Sedation can alleviate discomfort and dental sensitivity so individuals can enjoy stress-free dental visits.
Seniors with arthritis often have trouble managing comfort during dentistry procedures. Light to moderate sedation can reduce pain and help patients achieve and maintain proper oral health.
If you are undergoing a lengthy procedure at our Rowlett practice, extra time in the dental chair can make you restless and uncomfortable. Options in sedation dentistry can keep you relaxed during your office visit.
Difficulty Controlling Movements
Some medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson's disease result in uncontrollable movements. This can make proper dental care difficult. Sedation can actually reduce or eliminate these issues temporarily so all patients can receive necessary care.
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Sedation Dentistry for Children
Many of the individuals we serve at our Rowlett, TX, practice are children. Sedation dentistry is available to any patient over the age of three who is at least 30 pounds. In-office sedation is given according to the child's weight and medical history. Throughout treatment, vitals are monitored closely to ensure there are no adverse reactions. We always follow the safety guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and are readily available to answer any questions that parents may have about their child's upcoming treatment.
If your child will be undergoing sedation at our Rowlett practice, please review these pre- and post-op instructions in preparation.