Stress-Free Sedation

About Dr. Kendall

  • Master of the College of Sedation by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Member of the International College of Oral Implantologists
  • All on 4 Training
  • Implant Training
  • Dentca 4 Training
  • Single Tooth Replacement Training

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Oral (pill by mouth)
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
IV (in the vein)

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Receive Critical Dental Care Without Fear
  • Fuss-free Regularly Scheduled Cleanings

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Afraid of visiting the dentist?

You are not alone!  Many people are afraid of going to the dentist.  They often choose not to go to the dentist, but avoiding a visit to the dentist can have severe consequences to oral health and overall health.  We care about your health and wish to make your dental procedure experience with us as comfortable as possible.  Texas Sedation Dental & Implant Center offers three types of sedation dentistry:  oral sedation, nitrous oxide and IV sedation (intravenous). Nitrous oxide is often referred to as laughing gas.

Intravenous IV sedation dentistry is the least stressful experience of the three because it is the most effective for reducing anxiety.  Patients find it easier to relax during their dental appointments when using sedatives.  Using sedatives in dentistry procedures allows the dentist to achieve patient comfort very quickly.  Even someone with severe dental anxiety can benefit from sedation dentistry. If you are someone who is afraid of the dentist, this type of sedation is going to be the best option for your dental treatment because it is safe and fuss-free.

How does sedation dentistry work?

Is it the same as clinical sedation?  Clinical sedation dentistry is the same as conscious sedation dentistry, but not the same as general anesthesia.  In other words, you will be awake during the procedure, but it doesn’t work like it would during a medical surgery under general anesthetics.  During the entire sedation, oxygen and vital signs are monitored to ensure maximum safety.

The amount of oxygen given is adjusted as needed throughout the procedure.  You will remain conscious throughout the sedation, but most patients find that they remember little to nothing from the process when IV sedation is administered.  IV sedation involves giving a dose of painkiller through a vein which helps the treatment to work very rapidly. In comparison, oral sedation dentistry drugs can need an hour or more to take effect and usually results in longer recovery time.

What are the risks of IV Sedation dentistry?

Since IV sedation drugs are given through the vein, the dentist can adjust the level of sedation as needed throughout the procedure.  The amount of sedative used is specific to the needs of each patient which reduces the risk of complications and side effects. Some patients need minimal sedation and some need moderate sedation.  Deep sedation is not generally practiced in a dental office. Sedation dentistry is safe for most adults and children depending on the medical history and stability of the patient. IV sedation dentistry is extraordinarily safe and effective because the dental professionals at Texas Sedation Dental & Implant Center prepare based on the needs of each patient and offer the best post-procedure care.

The dangers of sedation dentistry are little to none because Dr. Kendall takes training seriously to ensure the safety of his patients.  He is passionate about education and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education over the last eight years.  He was awarded the Master of the College of Sedation by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. This distinction has only been assigned to a handful of Texas dentists. Dr. Kendall also has extensive training in all phases of oral implant rehabilitation including All On 4’s, DENTCA 4, implant dentures, and single tooth implant replacements. He is a member of the International college of oral Implantology.

What about the side effects of sedation dentistry?

Blurred vision, confusion, dizziness or lightheadedness, sweating, and unusual tiredness or weakness are the most common side effects of nitrous oxide.  Other side effects may occur which may subside during treatment while your body adjusts to the medicine. Some side effects rarely occur with nitrous oxide, but may require medical attention.  We can help you determine whether or not a side effect is normal. Talk to us about ways to keep from having side effects or how to minimize the effects of nitrous oxide.

With Oral Sedation, a pill is taken one day before the procedure.  With IV Sedation, you will receive medicine in the dental office during your appointment.  The side effects vary according to which medicine you are prescribed.  Once a medication is prescribed, you will need to follow the recommendations of the pharmacist and our dental professionals to manage side effects.

What is the cost of sedation dentistry?

The cost of sedation dentistry depends on how much sedation is needed so it will vary based on your individual needs.  Speak with your insurance provider about your dental plan to confirm coverage and get pre-approval if at all possible. Insurance may cover part or all of the cost if it is medically necessary especially for patients with a medical diagnosis of severe dental phobia.  We recommend scheduling a consultation with us so we can propose a dental treatment plan which will include the estimated cost of treatment.