Are you the type of person who feels a little nervous whenever a dental appointment is coming up? Maybe even terrified? If so, then you’re far from alone. At Advanced Dental Care of Allen, we’re able to successfully treat nervous patients every day thanks to sedation dentistry. With the safe and proven techniques detailed below, we can help even the most anxious person breathe easy and relax in our office. If fear has kept you from getting the dental care you need, sedation could help you finally remove that barrier to your ideal smile. To learn more about your sedation options, contact us today.
If you experience mild to moderate dental phobia, Dr. Kar can prescribe you a sedative pill to take about an hour before your scheduled appointment. This way, by the time you reach our office, you’ll already be very mentally and physically relaxed. People under oral conscious sedation remain awake throughout their appointment, but time will seem to fly by very quickly, and they likely will have little to no memory of their visit afterward (which is perfect for some patients).
If you or your child just need something to “take the edge” off of dental nerves, nothing does it better than nitrous oxide, which is better known as laughing gas. All a patient has to do is breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within moments, they will start to feel warm, calm, and content. Once the appointment is over and the mask is removed, the gas’s effects wear off almost instantly, enabling a patient to go straight back to their day without interruption.
For patients with severe dental phobia, those who need extensive dental work, or those who have problems sitting still for an entire dental appointment, IV sedation is often the solution they need. With this method, a powerful sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, quickly sending a patient into an extremely deep state of relaxation. Even better, this approach allows Dr. Kar to adjust a patient’s sedation level in real time throughout their visit, ensuring they are comfortable each and every moment.