Sedation Dentistry

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    Sedation dentistry is useful to those receiving treatment that is surgical or invasive in nature. It is also beneficial to those who suffer from dental phobias and anxiety. Our practice strives to provide a worry-free and relaxing environment for all our patients – no matter the type of treatment they require. Sedation is commonly used for the treatment of clinical-related anxiety and phobia. Dental phobias and fears can become so severe that they prevent patients from receiving the oral healthcare they need and deserve. Our practice takes a compassionate approach to handling issues with anxiety. With sedation, we can maximize comfort and help our guests establish positive associations with treatment.

    Types of Sedation

    A few types of sedation are commonplace in a dental practice. The first is nitrous oxide. This gas has been used for longer than a century in medical settings. It works as a fast-acting yet mild anesthetic. Nitrous oxide is administered through the nose via a soft mask and produces a calming effect. While nitrous oxide is effective at relieving mild anxiety, its effects do wear off quickly, which allows our patients to drive home after treatment.

    Oral sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is another alternative for increasing comfort during treatment. Administered in tablet form, oral sedatives are prescribed by our dentists. Taken about an hour before one’s appointment, this type of medication will prevent the chemical reactions that produce feelings of panic and worry. Since this type of medication can make a person groggy, those receiving oral sedation will need to arrange for transportation to and from our office.

    A third option for more complex and lengthy treatment is IV sedation. Administered by an anesthesiologist, this form of sedation is beneficial when stillness during treatment is required so that our doctor can work without obstruction. IV sedation allows our guests to rest comfortably during their procedure. Those receiving sedatives intravenously must also arrange for transportation to and from our office since the medications used will impair motor function.

    sedation-2Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

    An obvious benefit of sedation is an increase in comfort during treatment for those with anxiety and for those requiring more invasive procedures. In addition to promoting a worry-free experience, sedation can help those who suffer with phobias develop familiarity and comfort in our practice while receiving the care they require in a safe and compassionate environment.

    To learn more about our comfort amenities and whether sedation is right for you, call our practice to speak with a member of our staff.

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    Common Questions


    Anxiety in medical situations is not uncommon. Phobias are a specific form of anxiety that can be very powerful and debilitating for patients who have fears about dental settings or treatments. Having phobias or anxiety can prevent patients from receiving necessary dental treatment in some instances. Fortunately, there are ways our team can help. Sedation dentistry involves using medication or nitrous oxide to help ease feelings of worry and increase one’s comfort.
    Conscious sedation involves using prescription medication to promote relaxation and comfort without total anesthesia. Patients who receive this type of sedation will typically feel groggy and might even fall asleep but will still be able to respond to questions and directions when asked. Conscious sedation is ideal for those with severe dental phobias or those requiring complex or long treatment. Our mission is to provide a relaxing and comfortable environment for all our guests.
    The cost of sedation depends on the type administered as we utilize different sedating methods. Costs can also fluctuate depending on the carrier and level of insurance coverage one has. Fortunately, oral sedation and nitrous oxide are rather affordable options for those paying out of pocket. For questions about the cost of treatment, we recommend speaking with one of our staff members who can provide estimates and file insurance claims.
    Our dental team carefully determines whether a person should receive sedation. Some patients with certain medical conditions such as respiratory problems or issues with blood pressure should not receive some forms of sedating medication. Those who take medication that may interfere with drugs from the benzodiazepine class might not benefit from sedatives. Before administering sedation or prescribing medication, our staff will inquire about one’s medical history, current medication regimen, and known allergies.

    When it comes to dental treatment and addressing anxiety related to clinical settings, a few different types of sedation might be considered. The type of sedation used will depend on the patient’s unique needs and the nature of the treatment they are receiving. The most common forms of sedation are nitrous oxide gas and oral sedation. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedation method that’s effects come on quickly. It is administered through a comfortable nasal mask. Used for over a century, nitrous oxide produces pain relieving effects and mild sedation. Oral sedation involves patients taking prescription medication that normally belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. This medication is developed specifically to control the chemical reactions in the brain that cause feelings of intense fear, panic, and worry. Oral sedation is ideal for those with phobias that are more pronounced or anxiety.




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    300 West Boyd Dr.
    Allen, TX 75013

    (972) 727-3941

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    Jeffrey N. Williams, DDS

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    Steve M. Williams, DDS

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    Brad D. Wyatt, DMD

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