WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
If setting up appointments for dental procedures causes you anxiety and fear, you're not the only one. People of all ages have genuine phobias about visiting the dentist. For this reason, Dr. Mohit Shardha is pleased to offer sedation dentistry in Frisco so you can feel relaxed and calm during a dental procedure or treatment. Dr. Mohit Shardha will meet with you in a consultation to thoroughly go over the various sedation options available at Zensmiles to find the best one for you. Our practice is unique in that Dr. Shardha is both a highly skilled dentist and a trained anesthesiologist, meaning he is qualified to administer any level of sedation necessary. Throughout his career, he has pioneered the field of sleep dentistry and aims to make receiving oral care an enjoyable, pleasant experience for patients of all ages.
Some of the sedation dentistry techniques we offer at our office include:
- Nitrous oxide sedation
- Oral-conscious sedation
- Intravenous (IV) sedation
- General anesthesia
Sedation Dentistry Reviews
"I had avoided dental care for over 15 years. After reading reviews, I apprehensively sent an online inquiry about scheduling an appointment. I received a response from Karen almost instantaneously for an appointment the very next day. I could not be more appreciative that I didn't have room to change my mind. My experience has been exactly what all other reviews rave about. After all that time, I was in need of a good deal of work and cleaning, Dr. Sharda created a plan that relieved my anxiety and made me confident I will have a healthy smile. I choose sleep dentistry for my first pretty extensive procedure, I came home and did not even need to use the pain medication prescribed, my husband, who has been avoiding some dental work himself, scheduled an appointment online for himself that very night. I 'm not sure there's a better recommendation than that. Wonderful team of kind caring people. I genuinely look forwards to my future visits, ZENSMILES has completely changed my fearful perspective towards maintaining dental health."- H.C. / Google / Apr 04, 2019
"Came to Zen smiles referred by a friend, great experience!!! I think like most people I was dreading getting my wisdom teeth removed, but the staff and the environment was so comforting, had sedation dentistry, they put me to sleep and before I knew it the procedure was over and virtually painless. Just overall made this typically dreadful experience a pleasant one!!"- N.S. / Google / Apr 04, 2016
"Undoubtably the best dental experience I have had EVER!! I second all the great reviews this place has all over the web. I have never felt this comfortable and relaxed talking to a dentist, there is something about dr sharda that calms you down, may be because he specializes in people like me who are terrified of the dentist and he meets and treats so many of my kind on a daily basis. My teeth where a mess because of years of neglect before I went to zensmiles, now I just cant stop smiling and showing off my new teeth, best of all I did not remember anything at all. I had sedation dentistry and when I woke up I asked when are we getting started, little did I know that 4 hours had passed and all the work was already done. Just a dream and a dream come true for me. Highly highly recommended."- K.M. / Google / Apr 04, 2016
"I continue to be very pleased with the caring and professional services of Dr. Sharda and his staff. I was able to obtain a prompt emergency appointment as a new patient. All follow-up appointments are scheduled with ease, with minimal in-office waiting. I have a long-standing phobia of dental procedures due to a horrible experience with an incompetent dentist as a child. Dr. Sharda spent time with me at the initial consultation to explain sleep dentistry and the dental procedures needed. He and his staff perform dental procedures and cleanings in a safe and gentle manner. His office assistant, Karen, is also very knowledgeable of dental insurance payments and will file all claims for you. She is also knowledgeable of payment options, if needed."- M.A. / Google / Apr 04, 2019
"Undoubtedly the best dental experience I have ever had, this place rocks! Starting from the front desk to the doctor, all go out of the way to help you at each and every step and help you understand and make sense of all that is going on with your teeth and gums. Dr Sharda is also an anesthesiologist, very lucky to have him here, so few in the country and I would rather be put to sleep by someone like him than some dentist who did a weekend class to put me to sleep. Got sleep dentistry, woke up with all the work I have been dreading for last 10 years DONE! It cannot get better than this and definitely not better than zensmiles. I am a fan for life. Cheers!"- P.C. / Google / Apr 04, 2016
WHO QUALIFIES FOR SLEEP DENTISTRY?
People who have severe dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex, or other issues could benefit from different types of sleep dentistry or sedation techniques. Because some forms of sedation are more powerful than others, Dr. Shardha will first need to determine what level of anesthesia your body can handle and which method is ideal for you. You might consider sedation dentistry if you have experienced the following concerns:
- Fears related to receiving dental work
- Too young to sit patiently in the dental chair
- Traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Difficulty getting numb
- Strong gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems requiring extensive treatment with multiple visits
- Fear of needles
- Dislike the smells and tastes associated with dental work
- Certain physical conditions that make traditional dental work difficult without sedation
What to Expect
The process for sedation dentistry will differ based on the technique selected. Before your appointment, you will receive a detailed list of instructions and information about what to do and what not to do prior to receiving sedation. Different forms of sedation have different requirements. Depending on the type of sleep dentistry technique that is used, you may need a responsible adult to take you home after your dental procedure. Throughout your appointment, Dr. Shardha and his team carefully monitor your condition and adjust your dosage levels as needed. With oral-conscious sedation, he typically advises his patients to take their medicine with a light meal 1 – 2 hours before their treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Sedation Dentistry
Q. What special training is required to offer sedation dentistry? I see so many advertisements for sedation dentistry?
A. Most dentists offering sedation dentistry have taken short courses in conscious or moderate sedation spanning a few days to a few weeks, there are only a handful of dentists in the country like Dr. Shardha and Dr Ajay who are dentist anesthesiologists and have received years of hospital based extensive medical training in anesthesiology and have experience in safely sedating patients of all ages and with complex medical conditions in and outside of the Hospital.
Q. How do I know what kind of sedation I need?
A. You will meet with Dr. Shardha for an anesthesia consult where you will get a chance to discuss your fears and apprehensions about dental treatment, Dr. Shardha is specially trained to analyze the levels of procedural anxiety in patients and will give you the best option for the level of sedation which will work best for you.
Q. Can I eat or drink before the sedation dentistry procedure?
A. As a general rule you can have solid foods up to 6 hrs before the procedure, clear liquids ( plain water, no pulp juices, coffee or tea without milk or creamer) till 2 hrs before the procedure and nothing by mouth after that. You will be given detailed pre anesthesia instructions after your anesthesia consult visit especially considering your medical history and health status.
Q. What can I bring to my sedation dentistry appointment?
A. We provide plush blankets, pillows and other comfort amenities, anything that makes you more comfortable or secure is welcome.
Q. I am scared even to come and sit on the dental chair?
A. A special oral medication can be given to you before the appointment that will safely produce a very relaxed and anxiety-free state to help you cope with this anxiety.
Q. I don’t want to come to your office alone. May I bring someone with me?
A. Of course. We encourage you to bring a reassuring companion, spouse or parent to your consultation.
Q. Will I remember any of the procedure after sedation dentistry?
A. Recall of the procedure depends on the level of sedation, with IV sedation most patients do not remember anything a few minutes after the start of the IV line and have no recall of the dental procedure or for how long they where sedated.
Q. Will I be monitored during the sedation?
A. Yes, you will be monitored as per the American Society of Anesthesiologists standards for sedation and general anesthesia through out the procedures and your vitals recorded every 5 minutes.
Q. How long will it take me to get out of sedation after the Dental procedure?
A. The medications we use are very short acting and are titrated in a manner that you will be out of sedation and able to sit and talk right after the procedure is over.
Q. Will I be nauseous or in pain AFTER the procedure?
A. If you had IV sedation you will be given a very effective anti-nausea and pain medication in the IV that should keep you nausea and pain free right after the procedure, the IV pain medication usually last 4-6hrs and depending upon the dental work performed and if pain is expected after the IV medication wears off you will be prescribed oral medications to be taken for pain at home.
Q. Can I drive after IV sedation dentistry?
A. No, even though the medications we use are short acting and get you out of the sedation phase quickly you still won't be ready to drive or make important decisions for the rest of the day and 24hrs after procedure, therefore we recommend that you bring a ride with you and have a responsible adult at home and not take any life changing important decisions or schedule any activities on the day of the sedation.
Q. Can I drive after Oral Sedation dentistry?
A. No, just like IV sedation you won't be ready to drive or make important decisions for the rest of the day and 24hrs after procedure, therefore we recommend that you bring a ride with you and have a responsible adult at home and not take any life changing important decisions or schedule any activities on the day of the sedation.
Q. Can I drive after Nitrous oxide sedation?
A. Yes, as long as you are alert and well oriented you can drive after Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen sedation.
Q. Can I go to work next day after sedation dentistry?
A. Yes, our sedation dentistry appointments are first appointments in the morning, giving you enough time to recover during the rest of the day and night and most of our patients are ready for work next day.
Q. Can I go to the gym later in the evening after sedation dentistry?
A. No, You should not go to the gym or operate heavy machinery for at least 24-48 hrs after IV/Oral sedation dentistry.
Q. Do I need to have an adult stay with me for the rest of the day after sedation dentistry?
A. Yes, we recommend that you have a responsible adult around for the rest of the day, even though the drugs used are short acting, some people may be out of co-ordination for some time increasing the risk of falls etc.
Q. I have not seen a dentist in many years and need a lot of work to be done, how many visits will it take me to get everything taken care of with sleep/sedation dentistry?
A. As you will be under sedation we try to finish as much treatment as can be safely completed in one visit, if extensive lab work is needed then it may require more than one visit.
Q. I am even scared to get a cleaning done, can you put me to sleep just for that?
A. Yes, we have many patients whom we see every 6 months for regular periodic exam and cleaning under sedation.
Q. I have complex medical problems, but very scared of the dentist, can I get sedation dentistry at ZENSMILES?
A. Dr. Shardha has extensive training and experience in treating patients with complex medical histories, we routinely see such patients that come directly to us or are referred by other dentists, after a thorough evaluation we will let you know if you can be safely treated in an out-patient setting or in the hospital.
Q. Can my child get sedation dentistry at ZENSMILES?
A. Yes, we are specially trained and equipped to provide sedation dentistry for our pediatric patients. Children have unique sedation needs and Dr. Shardha has years of extensive hospital based training to provide those.
Q. Does my insurance pay for sedation dentistry?
A. Insurance benefits vary from one plan to another, most insurances provide sedation benefits only for specific procedures, if we have your insurance details, we will check with your insurance carrier and have that information ready for you at your anesthesia consult appointment.
STAY CALM AND COMFORTABLE DURING YOUR ORAL TREATMENT
We believe the most important thing is - what is best for you as an individual patient. Dr. Shardha meets with every patient to review their sedation dentistry needs, together with the patient, he will offer the most appropriate options. Every patient is cared for as a unique individual. With our sleep "sedation dentistry" service you can literally "Wake up to a brand new smile"
You may have certain dental fears or may have endured a traumatic experience in this past, which is why we're proud to offer sedation at all levels to help you maintain your comfort and guarantee that you have a good experience. To learn more about the benefits of sleep dentistry, reach out to our team in Frisco, TX to schedule an appointment today.