Sedation Dentistry – Plano, TX
Overcome Your Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry
Does the sheer thought of visiting the dentist cause a wave of panic to come over your body? You’re not alone. In fact, almost 60% of patients struggle with mild to severe dental-related anxiety. Thankfully, our sedation dentist at Antoon Family Dental can provide you with a relaxing experience with one of our safe and reliable dental sedation options. We can help you overcome your dental anxiety with choices like nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, or IV dental sedation. Whether you need a simple cleaning or a more complex treatment, contact our office so we can help you get the dental care you need stress-free!
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as laughing gas) is an inhaled sedative that is delivered through a mask piece that is placed over the nose. The mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen forms an odorless gas that allows patients to remain conscious in a deep state of relaxation. Your limbs may feel heavy or slightly tingly, but overall you will remain comfortable for a peaceful, pain-free experience. Throughout your time in the treatment chair, you’ll be able to respond to questions and communicate as needed. However, the calming effects may also cause you to doze off. Our team will be able to easily wake you and once the sedative is stopped the effects dissipate nearly instantaneously. So, you will be able to drive yourself home or go back to work right after your treatment if needed!
What Is Recovery Like?
Since nitrous oxide does not have any lingering side effects, there isn’t a “hangover” outcome like other sedatives. Instead, you will be able to recover nearly instantaneously. However, Dr. Antoon will provide you with follow-up instructions specific to your treatment, which may include when you can take pain medication, food restrictions, and how to keep your mouth infection-free. As always, our team will make sure to review the paperwork with you and answer any and all questions you have before you leave.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Do you begin to feel nervous about your appointment long before you arrive? Have you ever cancelled or postponed a visit out of anxiety? Then oral conscious sedation may be for you. This type of sedation is administered via a pill or liquid and begins to take effect before you arrive at our office. You’ll feel drowsy and aren’t likely to remember anything about your appointment afterwards, but nonetheless you’ll remain conscious throughout your treatment. Oral conscious sedation will take several hours to wear off, so you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home.
IV Dental Sedation
IV sedation is the most powerful form of sedation dentistry. As its name suggests, this option delivers the sedative directly to your bloodstream through a small needle on your arm or the back of your hand. Right away you’ll fall into a dreamlike state of relaxation, and will remain calm and comfortable as we work. We’ll monitor you closely and will be able to adjust your level of sedation at any time if necessary. You’ll still feel very groggy after your appointment, and once a friend or family member drives you home, you should plan on resting for the remainder of the day.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Dental anxiety is real, and millions of people in the United States reschedule and/or cancel their dental appointments because of it. This unfortunate problem causes individuals to forgo regular oral healthcare, resulting in more serious problems that lead to restorative or emergency treatment in an attempt to save a person’s natural teeth. At Antoon Family Dental, we believe in providing solutions that mitigate the fear and anxiety and instead, offer a safe and successful experience for both patients and staff.
If you are anxious or nervous about your upcoming visit, then you may be a candidate for nitrous oxide. Typically, it is recommended for patients who:
- Experience dental-related fears or anxieties.
- Have a strong gag reflex.
- Have very sensitive teeth.
- Get neck, back, or jaw pain.
- Are undergoing a long or complex treatment.
- Don’t respond well to numbing medication.
However, certain situations may disqualify you from being a candidate from sedation dentistry, such as having elevated blood pressure, being pregnant, and having certain medical conditions.
Are you ready to leave anxiety-inducing trips to the dentist in the past? Then contact our office and ask our team about dental technology and comforts at Antoon Family Dental!