Do you remember long car rides when you were a kid? Maybe you played games to pass the time. Maybe you took in the scenery.
Or maybe, you just took a nap.
You may be thinking that would be a great way to deal with visits to the dentist, too. You sit down, fall asleep, and have your teeth cleaned.
If this sounds like how you would like to receive your dental services, then contact Plano Smile Studio. Our dentist treats patients in and around Plano, TX, and many of them receive sedation dentistry as part of their care.
Types Of Sedation
We offer two kinds of sedation dentistry at our practice.
The first is called oral conscious sedation. This is as simple as taking a pill about 30 minutes before your cleaning or other procedure begins.
That allows enough time for the medication to take effect. You will feel more relaxed, and you may feel drowsy or sleepy by the time your dental care starts.
You may not remember any of what takes place during your treatment, but you will be able to respond to requests from your dentist or hygienist. (“Close your mouth a little bit.” “Turn your head toward me.”)
IV sedation is a more potent form of sedation dentistry. This sedation will put you to sleep, and you will not remember any of your treatment.
This is an excellent way for you to stay relaxed throughout your treatment if you have severe dental anxiety or you are undergoing a complex procedure.
In either case, safety is our top priority both during and after your treatment. You will need to make arrangements for a family member or friend to take you home after you receive sedation dentistry.
Sedation And Dental Anxiety
Sedation dentistry is a common way for patients with dental anxiety or dental fear to manage those feelings.
If the thought of coming to the dentist for a basic cleaning makes you feel nervous, then let’s consider the benefits of dental sedation.
• You will feel relaxed.
Dental care is easier for everyone involved when you, our patient, feels calm and comfortable. We believe you may feel less anxious as you get to know us and see us more often. We also know feelings of anxiety don’t change overnight or with a single visit to our office.
Even if you have avoided the dentist for years, sedation can help you ease into receiving regular dental care.
• You will not gag.
Some people gag more easily than other. If you have a hypersensitive gag reflex, this may explain why you feel anxious thinking about the dentist office. After all, any dental care will require someone to use different tools to examine and clean your teeth.
Sedation helps you relax both mentally and physically. As a result, you are unlikely to experience gagging sensations during your treatment.
• You will not feel pain.
Modern dental practices are designed to reduce or eliminate pain for our patients. This is done with technology. This is done with new techniques, and this is done with sedation dentistry.
Regardless of the type of sedation you receive, one of the benefits will be pain relief. While local anesthetic can eliminate pain in a particular part of your mouth, sedation provides a general anesthetic quality that will keep you from feeling any pain during your dental care.
If you have a fear of needles, this is another way to prevent you from feeling pain.
Sedation And General Dentistry
For our staff, our focus is on one patient at a time. This makes us different than practices where the dentist may be bouncing between more than one patient.
You are our primary concern when you are in our dentist chair. We do this because we believe it results in better care and because we value your time.
Our dentist, Dr. Hucklebridge, has been practicing for more than 20 years, and he is putting his knowledge and his experience to work for you.
Sedation dentistry is just one of the ways we are doing everything we can for our patients. We want everyone who walks through our door to feel relaxed and stay comfortable until they leave us.
Our dentist and our staff believe that each patient in and around Plano, TX, deserves the best care that modern dentistry has to offer. This is why sedation dentistry is one of the many services that we provide for you.