If fear prevents you from visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental phobia is common. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry reports that 40 million Americans avoid dental visits because of fear or anxiety. Dr. Dandois understands. He experienced similar fear as a child in the doctor’s office. Today, he helps his patients overcome the challenges posed by dental anxiety and approach dental visits with confidence and trust. In just a few sedation dentistry appointments, Dr. Dandois can turn back the clock on your smile and repair years of damage or neglect.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to relieve anxiety and promote relaxation. Dr. Dandois offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation. The use of sedating medications has been proven safe and effective and helps millions of patients each year comfortably receive the care they need to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Not only does sedation dentistry alleviate fear, it makes time fly! You may feel like you’ve been in the dental chair a few minutes when, in reality, Dr. Dandois has completed several procedures.
Almost anyone who desires a stress-free dental care experience can benefit from sedation dentistry, including patients who:
Dr. Dandois is licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. He has undergone advanced ADA-certified training and studied with renowned anesthesiologist Dr. John Yagiela of the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry. Dr. Dandois is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists (ADSA). His training, skill, and experience make him uniquely qualified to safely and effectively administer dental sedation.
At your sedation dentistry consultation, Dr. Dandois will review your health history and current medications, if any. He’ll discuss your concerns and your preferences for sedation. Then, he’ll suggest the sedation method that he feels will relieve your anxiety and deliver a soothing experience.
Commonly called laughing gas, this soothing gas is inhaled through a comfortable breathing mask before and during your dental treatments. You’ll feel warm, safe, and free from anxiety and worry. The effects of nitrous oxide diminish rapidly following removal of the mask, so you can get back to your routine immediately.
If you qualify for oral sedation, you’ll take a sedative prior to your appointment. Because you’ll begin to feel relaxed almost immediately, we advise that you have someone drive you to and from our Carrollton office. Once you enter a state of complete physical and mental relaxation, Dr. Dandois will perform your dental work. You’ll be monitored at all times by our conscientious staff. Oral sedation patients can converse with Dr. Dandois and our team but are unaware of treatment details. This type of sedation diminishes gradually. Most patients resume normal activities the evening following their appointment.
This is the deepest form of sedation that Dr. Dandois offers. It’s a good choice for patients who require lengthy or complex dental procedures or who experience extreme anxiety. IV stands for intravenous. During your IV sedation dentistry appointment, Dr. Dandois will carefully administer sedative medications directly into your bloodstream. You’ll drift into a deep state of relaxation and remain in that state throughout your procedures. We’ll use finger pulse oximeters and EKG monitors to observe your vital signs and ensure a safe, positive, and successful experience. The effects of IV sedation subside gradually. Most patients undergoing IV sedation return to their normal activities the following day.