Here at Sensational Smiles, we understand patients may avoid visiting the dentist due to a fear of pain. Avoiding the dentist often results in poor dental health and the development of complex dental problems. Plano dentist, Dr. Sowell is committed to helping patients feel at ease throughout their dental visit to restore a healthy smile and prevent future dental concerns. We work with patients on an individual basis to provide the right solution to your dental anxiety so that you can regain a healthy smile.
Sedation dentistry is an important part of modern dentistry, allowing patients with dental anxiety to maintain their oral health and overall quality of life. Dr. Sowell may recommend sedation to ensure your comfort during your dental treatments. In many situations, patients can receive multiple procedures during one visit while being sedated.
Sedation dentistry enables a patient to undergo a dental treatment, or more than one treatment, while in a euphoric state even though they are alert and responsive.
Common forms of sedation dentistry
- Nitrous Oxide: or commonly known as laughing gas, Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and allows you to be relaxed while remaining awake during the dental treatment. This form of sedation is extremely effective and safe. Many patients prefer this treatment because once the masked is removed, all effects disappear and you are able to return to your normal activity.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: this form is administered in a pill and allows you to feel awake during dental procedures. Oral sedation does not require needles and is less expensive than IV sedation. For minimal sedation, a patient will take a pill about an hour before treatment and will become drowsy.
- IV Sedation: administered through an IV, this type of sedation eliminates pain and anxiety during dental treatments. The benefit of IV sedation is that the chosen medication is administered into the bloodstream for an almost immediate effect and can be continually adjusted.
Dr. Sowell serves as a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist to the Plano community. Avoiding the dentist because of a fear of pain can compromise your smile, self-esteem, comfort and overall health.
If you have been avoiding the dentist, fear painful visits, or would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule your appointment today with the caring and experienced staff at Sensational Smiles.