Maximize Comfort with Sedation Dentistry
Often times, patients avoid receiving the vital dental care they need due to anxiety. At Gulf Coast Periodontics, in Victoria, TX, we provide sedation dentistry to maximize your comfort during treatment. For reliability and effectiveness, we primarily offer intravenous (IV) sedation, which can be adjusted throughout your procedure. Dr. Rick H. Heard works directly with a trusted anesthesiologist from South Texas Anesthesia Group, who monitors the health of our patients to ensure their safety. With over 15 years of experience and extensive training, Dr. Heard incorporates the latest surgical techniques and technology into each treatment to improve patient comfort and deliver excellent results.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry enables dentists to enhance patient comfort during a dental procedure. While there are several forms of sedation, we primarily provide intravenous sedation, as it is consistently dependable and effective. IV sedation is a moderate sedative, which means you can experience deep relaxation with generally no memory of your procedure. This type of sedation is optimal for our dental treatments, as it can be easily adjusted to ensure your comfort.
We primarily provide intravenous sedation, as it is consistently dependable and effective.
For your convenience, our office offers IV sedation in-house, so we can provide comprehensive care in a single location. To ensure your safety, we work with board certified anesthesiologists, Dr. Derrick Garrett and Dr. Steven Janececk, who have assisted with our treatments for over four years. They will be present for the entire duration of your procedure, monitoring your health and wellbeing.
Is IV Sedation Right for Me?
To determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry, Dr. Heard can review your medical history. Certain conditions, such as sleep apnea, respiratory illness, and heart problems, may affect your eligibility and should be discussed with your doctor. IV sedation can benefit patients who:
- Need more extensive dental work
- Have anxiety or phobias about dental procedures
- Experience a strong gag response
- Have a lower tolerance for pain and higher sensitivity
- Have certain medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, that make sitting still challenging
Due to the nature of IV sedation, you should schedule a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your procedure.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation is administered through your vein, enabling the sedative to take effect more quickly. In addition, IV sedation provides:
- Increased safety
- Consistent results
- Shorter procedure times
- Faster recovery period
- Minimized pain, discomfort, and stress
At our practice, we understand that many patients have dental anxiety, which is why we take the time to explain your treatment options and review each step of your procedure. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have and provide you with detailed pre- and post-operative instructions.
Schedule Your Consultation
We genuinely care about our patients' health and wellbeing, and we will do everything our power to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible. To learn more about sedation dentistry and its benefits, contact us online or call us today at (361) 573-1014 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Heard.
“After multiple years of avoiding a dental issue, I visited Dr. Heard. In a short period of time, I went from what I thought was a hopeless dental problem, to a complete solution. I now have a full understanding of my procedure, the timeline, and even exact costs.” Satisfied Patient