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Sedation Dentistry - Plano

Feel Genuinely Relaxed During Any Dental Care

Dental phobia is a very real thing, and every year, it prevents millions of people from receiving their essential dental care. If the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, then our team knows exactly how to help. With sedation dentistry, we can take extra steps to make sure you always have relaxing dental appointments. These safe and effective techniques have been used for decades and continue to improve, and they may be just what you need to get the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve without the stress. To learn more about sedation dentistry in Plano, TX and how it can help you, contact us today.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Smiling man under oral conscious dental sedation in dental chair

If you experience mild to severe dental phobia, then oral conscious sedation may be able to help those feelings go away. Your dentist will prescribe a pill for you to take about an hour before your visit so that by the time you sit in the treatment chair, you’ll be completely physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll still be awake the entire time, but time will fly by very fast and you’ll likely have very little memory of your appointment afterward. Because of the strength of this method, we require that you have a friend or family member drive you to and from the dental office the day of your treatment.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

Woman in dental chair with nitrous oxide dental sedation mask

Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” has been used for over 100 years to help slightly nervous dental patients, and it’s so gentle that we can even use it with children. For this, all you’ll need to do is breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within minutes, you’ll feel a deep sense of relaxation. It will stay on for your entire appointment, and once it’s finished and the mask is removed, the effects wear off almost instantly. With this approach, you’ll be able to go back to your day immediately after your visit.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Knobs connected to nitrous oxide sedation

One of the most useful aspects of sedation dentistry is its ability to make dental care possible for patients who otherwise may dread the dentist’s office. Sedatives can help relax people, alleviating anxieties and make treatment much more comfortable.

However, that’s far from their only use. Sedatives can make long procedures easier to endure, reducing the overall time and number of appointments you’ll need to complete your dental care. They can also be useful for patients with strong physiological reactions to dental care, like people with strong gag reflexes.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe? 

All told, sedation dentistry is an incredibly safe option for most patients. While there are risks involved with any sedative, we’re well-trained in the use of both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, allowing us to help you circumvent many of the issues you could face.

Nitrous oxide sedation in particular is incredibly low-risk. We’re able to control the flow of gas completely throughout the procedure, allowing us to ensure a safe and effective dosage of the sedative. We’ll monitor your vitals closely throughout the procedure to ensure that you’re responding well to the drugs.

What Does it Feel Like to be Sedated at the Dentist? 

Different sedatives produce slightly different responses. While each of them can help you to relax, the exact sensations you feel will vary a bit.

Nitrous oxide tends to make patients feel airy and light, and may be associated with a tingling sensation in the arms or legs. People also tend to get the giggles in response, which is why the sedative is often called “laughing gas.”

Oral conscious sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide. It often produces a “heavy” feeling, with patients often struggling to stay awake during their procedure. Even if you remain conscious, you may have the feeling that the time passed more quickly.

Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Insurance? 

Typically, sedation dentistry is considered to be purely elective. This means that insurance is unlikely to reimburse you for its cost.

There are, however, some possible exceptions. Patients with disabilities that make dental care impossible with sedatives, like autism or Parkinson’s, may sometimes be able to get their sedation covered due to its medical necessity. Sedation may also be covered in the case of exceedingly long procedures that aren’t practical without it.

Every plan is different, so we’ll usually help you consult with your insurance company to ensure that you’re getting all the coverage you can.

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