If you’re like Sarah, you have been avoiding the getting the dental treatment you really need. Sarah is scared of the dentist. To us, experiencing anxiety or fear at the thought of having dental work completed doesn’t make you weird — in fact, we meet patients every day who experience some form of anxiety about visiting our office. The dental professionals from 1st in Smiles in Plano, TX are here to tell you that you aren’t alone — and if you haven’t been getting the care you need, we are here to help.
Sarah came into our office after almost 10 years of absence. Because she experienced dental phobia, she hadn’t visited a dental office since she was a teenager and her parents made her. We can’t blame Sarah … she had a bad experience with a dentist when she was a child.
What we could do, however, is help her tackle her fears and help her get the dental care she desperately needed. We did this by offering dental sedation, the key to helping nervous and fearful patients feel more at ease. In addition to our gentle, high-quality dentistry, we can use these medications to soothe your nervous and help you relax.
If you, like Sarah, want to put your poor oral health behind you, we can help you feel comfortable throughout your visit to our office.
Why Should I Consider Dental Sedation?
If it’s been years since you’ve visited a dentist, you probably have a few different dental issues that need to be addressed immediately. You may be suffering from gum disease, cavities, or larger decay problems. If you’re experiencing pain of any kind, you may even need a root canal.
Even if you are diligent about your home hygiene habits, these problems can sneak up on you without regular professional cleanings and exams. To avoid these issues in the future, let us help you get any existing issues taken care of now and set you up with regular cleanings and exams from here on out.
This process may sound terrifying to you, but we promise that we can make it comfortable and stress-free. By choosing dental sedation, we can take care of any existing dental problems you may have and help you prevent new ones from occurring. We want you to have a long, healthy life with a beautiful, healthy smile. Dental sedation can help us help you do that.
In Sarah’s case, we were able to offer her dental sedation so that she could get the root canal she needed. We were able to painlessly eliminate her discomfort and restore her oral health. This couldn’t have been possible without our three wonderful sedation options. Read on to learn more about these options and how they can help you.
Why Types of Sedation Are Available?
We offer three levels of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV conscious sedation. All three levels can help you feel more relaxed, but they work in different intensities. Let’s talk about how each of these options:
Nitrous oxide is our lowest level of sedation. It is inhaled through the nose and mouth and creates a sense of euphoria for the patients. This option is great for nervous patients who just need a little bit of help relaxing. The gas is easily adjusted during treatment and you can walk out of our office feeling no side-effects from the sedative.
Oral conscious sedation is an oral medication ingested before your appointment to create a sense of relaxation. You will feel groggy, but you will remain conscious throughout the procedure. This option is great for people who need even more help feeling relaxed. If you choose oral conscious sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from our office.
IV conscious sedation is administered through an intravenous line and is our highest level of sedation. While you will remain responsive during the procedure, you will not remember any sights, smells, sounds, or sensations from the treatment. This method of sedation is used for patients who are very fearful or who are undergoing a long or complicated procedure.
How Can I Schedule an Appointment?
If you are ready to get the care you need, please contact our office. If you could speak to Sarah, she would tell you about what a difference a healthy smile can make. Don’t avoid care any longer — call us at 972-380-8105. We would be happy to help you.