Oral Conscious Sedation

Ease Your Child’s Dental Anxiety so They Can Get the Care They Need

Does the thought of an upcoming appointment to the dentist make your little one nervous? At Rio Dental and Orthodontics, we have a compassionate team of professionals who focus on making your child as comfortable as possible so they can get the treatment they need. That’s why we offer oral conscious sedation to make sure that every visit to their pediatric dentist in Irving is worry-free.

What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral Conscious Sedation Farmers BranchIf you child is nervous about their upcoming visit, we offer oral conscious sedation to help ease their worries and allow them to get the treatment they need. This medicine is taken by mouth and comes in the form of a pill or a liquid.

It will make your child slightly drowsy, all while keeping them relaxed and at ease throughout their procedure. When they arrive at our fun and comfortable office, their dentist will give them the medicine, which will begin working within the hour. If you have any questions or concerns about how you should prepare your child before they visit, don’t hesitate to contact us!

What are the Effects of This Type of Sedation?

Oral Conscious Sedation IrvingOral conscious sedation will help reduce your little one’s anxiety, discomfort, and fear during their procedure, allowing their dentist to complete the treatment faster. When the side effects are wearing off, your child may be a little sleepy or fussy. Some other common effects they may experience after their appointment include:

  • Sluggishness
  • Slow reflexes
  • A headache

When the medicine is administered by one of our highly trained dental professionals at Rio Dental and Orthodontics, you won’t have to worry about your child’s safety. We look forward to giving parents the peace-of-mind that their little one’s oral health is in tip-top shape.

Who is a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral Conscious Sedation Fort WorthMost kids aren’t excited to go to the dentist, which is why we go out of our way to provide them with a fun environment that gets them enthusiastic about taking care of their mouth. If your child suffers from dental anxiety or fear, oral conscious sedation is a great option to help ease their worries. Good candidates for this include children who:

  • Are bothered by the smells and sounds at the dentist’s office.
  • Have a strong gag reflex.
  • Have a long procedure ahead of them.

This form of sedation also offers countless benefits and can allow your child to have a more enjoyable experience. It’s also great for little ones who may have sensory disorders or are on the Autism spectrum. Instead of having to schedule multiple visits for a single procedure, we can get everything done in a single visit using oral conscious sedation, so they don’t have to suffer.

If your little one has been hesitant about visiting their dentist in the past and seems like a good candidate for oral conscious sedation, schedule a consultation with our professionals at Rio Dental and Orthodontics. We’ll happily answer any questions or concerns you may have and evaluate what the best option is for your son or daughter.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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