Rockwall & Paris, Texas
At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we understand that going to the dentist can cause some anxiety, which is why we will do everything we can to make your experience as relaxed and comfortable as possible. In addition to our office having a professional and friendly environment, we always focus on providing you with the most minimally invasive treatment options possible. Before and during treatment, we will continue to ensure that you are at ease, keep you well informed, explain what we are doing, and answer any questions you have at anytime. We also provide pillows and blankets and use a topical anesthetic before making any injections, as to lessen the discomfort as much as possible.
In addition to prioritizing these aspects of our office for your visit, we also offer dental sedation options, including oral and IV sedation, which will reduce your anxiety and discomfort and make your experience at our office a pleasurable one. To learn more about our sedation offerings, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.
Different Types Available
If you are scheduled to have a procedure performed and are concerned about the discomfort you will experience or the length of the procedure, please let us know. We will do everything we can to alleviate your concerns and make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure.
Prior to administering a local anesthetic, we apply a topical anesthetic where the injection will occur so you will not experience that initial sensation. When ready, the anesthetic is administered slowly and gently to ensure your discomfort is minimized. For patients having more intensive procedures performed or who require additional assistance relaxing, we also provide sedation options.
One of the milder forms of sedation we offer is oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation is given in the form of a pill and will put you in a more relaxed state. You will remain awake and be able to respond to requests or questions.
Our office also offers IV conscious sedation, which provides almost immediate effects, and places you in a much deeper state of relaxation. Unlike oral sedation, which is taken as a pill, IV conscious sedation enters directly into your blood stream, after which the flow of medications can be adjusted until you achieve optimal comfort. While being administered, you will still be able to respond to questions and communicate, but will be in a sort of “twilight sleep”.
Following a procedure with IV sedation, you will likely feel a little sleepy for a few hours. It is important to make arrangements for someone to drive you home following your procedure. We do not recommend Uber or a taxi since you will be in a relaxed state following your procedure. We recommend your ride home be a friend or family member who can stay with you for a period of time after your procedure.
In addition to traditional types of dental sedation, one of the more unique types of dental sedation we offer is Virtual Reality (VR) sedation. VR Sedation (also known as digital nitrous) provides a calming effect that is similar to nitrous oxide, without the use of drugs. For many people, the anxiety of a dental procedure is increased by the visual impact of having people hover over you with instruments that make strange noises. Wearing our VR headset helps eliminate this feeling of claustrophobia and allows you to forget about where you are and simply enjoy the experience of being on a virtual beach, an exotic location, or under the sea.
IV sedation is absolutely safe when it is administered by a certified healthcare professional; however, dental sedation may not be a viable option for patients with an increased risk of complications, or who have underlying medical conditions. Prior to scheduling any procedure, we will perform a thorough review of your oral and medical health history to ensure dental sedation is safe for you. During this evaluation, please let us know if you are on any new medications or if there have been any significant changes to your health.
Although there are very few risks associated with dental sedation, you may experience some side effects after the sedation is administered, the most common being:
- Shivering or sweating
- Blurry Vision
These common symptoms typically fade within a few hours of the procedure. If any symptoms persist, contact our office as soon as possible.
The cost of sedation will depend on what type of dental sedation is used and whether the sedation is covered under your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit and any follow up appointments that may be necessary.
For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-month payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.