Sedation Dentistry

Research shows that approximately 30-40 million Americans avoid seeing a dentist because of dental anxiety. Are you one among them? Don’t worry, Your prayers are answered. Yes, It’s Sedation dentistry.

It is very important that patients are tranquil and calm during their dental procedures. Sedation dentistry can help children who are extremely scared, special needs children, and adults who have a phobia of the dentist. Since these patients are asleep during the procedures, they can be more relaxed. Healing has also been shown to improve because they are not so stressed during the treatment.

However in some cases it is necessary that a clearance from a patient's primary care physician is prescribed. For example if a patient has; diabetes, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, or hypertension, it is likely that our office will require permission from the patient's physician.

In the state of Texas sedation training is a requirement. According to the Oral Sedation Dentistry Regulations in Texas, The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Rule 110.5 requires dentists to complete a 24 hour accredited training course, document 3 live patient cases, and obtain a level 2 permit.


There are different stages of sedation used:

1. Minimal- relaxed and conscious

2. Moderate- words can be slurred, person will not remember treatment

3. Deep- barely conscious, but can be woken up

4. General anesthesia- unconscious

Symptoms and Causes that may Require Sedation Dentistry

  • Fears

  • Phobias

  • Anxiety

  • Cerebral palsy of parkinson's disease

  • Oral Surgery

Treatment Procedure and Various Methods Involved in Sedation Dentistry

  • Laughing gas

  • Enteral sedation

  • IV sedation

  • General anesthesia

One of the most popular kinds of sedation is laughing gas which is a nitrous oxide that is normally administered through inhaled analgesia. The after effects should provide the patient with decreased anxiety symptoms, but does not entirely put the patient to sleep. This allows for the patient to respond to commands the dentist may ask of the patient during the dental visit. Enteral sedation is a method administered through a pill or liquid form.With this sedation the patient should respond with reduced anxiety but still be awake. IV sedation is given to the patient through an injection into the vain. The patient will be deeply sedated leaving them awake with minimized apprehension. General anesthesia puts the patient to sleep for the entire procedure after the drug is injected into the patient's vein.  


Recovery Time, After Care, and General Precautions for Sedation Dentistry

Patients who are administered with laughing gas, a pill, or liquid form of sedation are supervised for a brief amount of time after the dental procedure. IV sedation does require more recovery time after the dental procedure, but not as long as general anesthesia recovery.

Dr. Kumar T Vadivel 's ToothHQ Dental Specialists clinic employs the most innovative sedation selections and the doctor has been expressly trained to oversee sedation and it is  exceedingly safe. Some form of risk is always present when undergoing anesthesia, however, our knowledgeable staff is more than proficient at dispensing sedation. Before the procedure, the dentist will review the patient’s medical history in order to meet any special requirements which the patient has. The dentist will choose the best type of sedation for the patient and control the dosage throughout the procedure to ensure there are no unwanted side effects.

Dr. Kumar T Vadivel,  DDS, FDS RCS, MS, Board Certified Periodontist specializing in Dental implants, Oral surgery and Periodontics,offers a FREE IV Sedation Dentistry to his patients who are desperate to get all 4 wisdom teeth removed at once. Also it's free Consultation and 3D CAT scan for first time patients.

Make an appointment at one of the two locations including; Carrollton, TX and/or Grapevine, TX,Contact us at; 214-731-0123 and/or visit our website,

You'll be glad you did.