Whether you are undergoing extensive dental treatment or suffer from dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry options at our Allen, TX, practice to put you at ease while in the dentist’s chair. Sedation can help you stay calm and comfortable during your procedures. It can also make undergoing comprehensive dental treatment or multiple procedures at once more manageable. Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, and Dr. Kris Koelker are committed to keeping our patients relaxed and satisfied so they can receive the care they need. To learn more about sedation dentistry or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, contact our office today.
Who is a Candidate?
You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you:
- Are one of the estimated 40 million Americans with dental anxiety.
- Have a lower than average pain threshold.
- Need intensive dental treatment or surgery.
- Want to combine multiple treatments to save time and hassle.
- Are afraid of the needles or any other tools used to administer local anesthesia.
- Have postponed or canceled necessary treatment multiple times out of anxiety or fear.
- Have had a previous difficult or traumatic dental experience.
- Have a particularly strong gag reflex.
- Are very uncomfortable due to a prolonged dental issue.
- Have trouble getting numb from local anesthesia.
- Are in good overall health.
At your initial consultation, our dentists will discuss your concerns and evaluate your medical records to determine if sedation dentistry may be right for you.
Types of Sedation
We offer three types of sedation to suit each patient’s unique needs. Our team has the advanced education and experience needed to properly and safely administer these medications. Our sedative options include:
- Intravenous Sedation - Often used during dental surgery, intravenous sedation will put you into a twilight state during your treatment. You will remain conscious, but very relaxed, and most patients have no memory of their procedure afterward. We will monitor your physical state throughout to ensure that you remain relaxed and safe. You may still need local anesthesia, which will be administered after you are sedated.
- Oral Sedation - For this type of sedation, you will swallow a small pill approximately an hour before your surgery (you may take your oral sedative earlier or later, depending on your specific circumstances and your dentist’s recommendations). The oral sedative will relax you for your procedure, but you will still need local anesthesia. As with intravenous sedation, you will probably not remember much about your treatment.
- Nitrous Oxide - Commonly called “laughing gas,” you will inhale this sedative before treatment. It will keep you calm and happy during your procedure, but you will remain conscious. Once your dentist removes the mask, the sedative effects will subside.
In all cases, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment, since you may be disoriented or groggy after undergoing sedation. Our dentists can give you more information about how to prepare for and recover from sedation at your initial consultation.
Enjoy a Relaxed Dental Experience
Putting off dental treatment because you suffer from anxiety or are afraid of undergoing substantial dental work can jeopardize your health and worsen your condition. Sedation dentistry can help you take charge of your wellbeing and remain comfortable while receiving the treatment you need. Contact our office today to learn more about sedation dentistry or schedule a consultation