Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Many people get nervous about visiting the dentist’s office, but they manage to keep their appointments for the sake of their oral health. Some patients in Plano, however, might get so anxious that they are unable to receive the dental care they need. At Prime Dental, we aim to provide dental care in an environment that is as welcoming and comfortable as possible. We offer sedation dentistry for patients who need assistance in calming down or require it for a procedure. There are three types of sedation.

IV Sedation

This type of sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream to help calm a patient. With IV sedation, you will remain conscious during your appointment at Prime Dental, allowing you to respond to your dentist or hygienist, but you will be unaware of the treatment. Additionally, you likely will not remember anything at the end of the appointment.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is more appropriate for patients with milder anxiety. It is administered with a small pill, which is taken before the appointment. Like with IV sedation, you will stay awake and responsive throughout your appointment and any treatment you undergo, though in a much more relaxed and comfortable state. This form of sedation is good for shorter appointments. Again, you will remember very little about the appointment once you leave the office.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous, and is administered through a nose mask. The strength of the nitrous oxide can be adjusted depending on your needs. This form of sedation simply helps you to relax – you will be completely aware of what is going on. At the end of the appointment, the nitrous will be flushed out with oxygen and you’ll leave feeling normal; most patients are even able to drive themselves home.

With a variety of sedation options available, there’s not really an excuse to skip dental appointments, especially considering the benefits of seeing your dentist in Plano for regular checkups and cleanings. If you believe that you can benefit from the aid of sedation dentistry, contact us at Prime Dental to discuss your options.