Comfortable, Relaxed Dentistry with Safe Sedation
For many patients, visiting the dentist can seem like a chore. For others, the mere thought of visiting the dentist’s office in Plano, TX, can cause anxiety and/or fear, causing them to put off scheduling an appointment or receiving the necessary treatment. Dental sedation comes in a variety of forms to help alleviate dental anxiety, so you can be calm and relaxed before and during your treatment. Sedation dentistry in Frisco and Plano, TX, can also benefit patients who must undergo complex restorative treatment, such as root canal therapy, dental implants, and wisdom teeth extractions.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures to diminish the patient’s fear of being in a dentist’s chair. Our dental team uses only the safest methods to ensure you can get your dental care in the most comfortable environment without putting your health and well-being at risk.
Types of Dental Sedation
The type of dental sedation you receive in Plano, TX, depends on the level of anxiety you experience during the extent of the procedure. Minor anxiety can usually subside with the use of nitrous oxide, as it soothes the nerves while keeping you awake and alert. If your anxiety is severe, stronger sedatives in the form of a pill, liquid, or an IV may be prescribed. Our team has plenty of experience in helping patients choose the best option that is right for them so they can feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Read about the dental sedation options below:
Nitrous Oxide: Minor dental anxiety can often be alleviated with nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas – which is inhaled through a mask worn over the nose. The sedative is mild enough to be used, even on children when necessary, and its effects dissipate almost immediately after the mask is removed. The gas helps you relax and Dr. Vahadi can control the amount of sedation released while monitoring how you feel during the procedure.
Oral Sedation: Unlike nitrous oxide, oral sedation is a pill or liquid medication that can be taken the night before your appointment, and again in the morning just before your procedure. Because the sedation ranges from minimal to moderate dosages, the sedative is stronger than nitrous oxide, and its effects can take longer to wear off. Some people become groggy from moderate oral sedation and can actually fall asleep during the procedure. Therefore, we recommend bringing a responsible adult with you to drive you home after your treatment.
IV Sedation: Also known as intravenous sedation, IV sedation is the most profound sedation method and involves delivering the sedative directly into the bloodstream. Like nitrous oxide, IV sedation is monitored and the level of sedation can be adjusted throughout the procedure, and you will still remain conscious enough to respond to the doctor’s prompts and react to stimulation.
We understand not everyone reacts the same way to each type of sedation, which is why we work closely with our Frisco and Plano, TX, patients to ensure you are safe and comfortable. We will ask a number of questions to determine the best course of action and then closely monitor you throughout the procedure so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Contact Us Today
Sedation dentistry in Frisco and Plano, TX, allows Lone Star Dental Care to give you the smile you deserve while minimizing your dental anxiety. If going to the dentist makes you anxious or fearful, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vahadi to learn more about dental sedation. We understand how important quality dental care is, as well as the anxiety these procedures can generate. This is why we offer options like sedation dentistry for our Plano, TX, patients.