Some patients experience anxiety when they think of having to undergo a dental procedure. We offer a variety of measures designed to lessen fears and keep you comfortable while having treatments performed at our Shreveport dental practice. Dr. Anna Windham Shirley and Dr. Ronald Hermes offer oral sedation to patients.
We offer an oral sedative that you can take prior to arriving for your dental appointment. We will monitor you upon arrival and provide additional sedative if necessary. You will still be able to talk and breathe on your own while under the sedative. However, it is likely that you will not remember many details about your appointment. Oral sedatives are a safe and easy method used by many dentists. Also, this sedation is less expensive than traditional IV sedation.
Nitrous oxide is another option available to you. It can function along with an oral sedative or on its own. It also reduces anxiety and allows you to remain conscious and aware without experiencing the pain of a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide also reduces saliva flow and lessens the gag reflex.
The effects of oral sedation wear off quickly, and you can return to your normal lifestyle. However, you should have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about oral sedation. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists..
- Mon & Wed 7am - 3pm
- Tue & Thu 8am - 5pm
- Friday by appointment only
- 6930 Fern Avenue # 100
- Shreveport, LA 71105
- (318) 797-9997