Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Natural Smile Dentistry -  - Cosmetic, Family, Implant and General Dentistry

Natural Smile Dentistry

Cosmetic, Family, Implant and General Dentistry located in Plano, TX

Many people avoid routine dental cleanings and other procedures because they’re afraid of the dentist, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Natural Smile Dentistry in Plano, Texas puts patient comfort at the forefront by offering sedation dentistry to ease patients’ dental experiences. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help ease any anxiety you might have about going to the dentist. Offering a range of sedation dentistry solutions for children and adults, Priya Mainker, DMD, and the team ensure high-quality dental care in a relaxed setting. Make your first appointment by phone or online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that relaxes you or puts you to sleep with the aid of medication during your dental procedure. Many people are nervous about dental work, so sedation dentistry puts you at ease during treatment.

Different levels and types of sedation are recommended depending on the individual and the dental procedure. Sedation dentistry ranges from minimal sedation, where you’re awake but relaxed, to full sedation with a general anesthetic, where you’re unconscious throughout the procedure.

Options for minimal sedation include breathing nitrous oxide and taking oral medication. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, relaxes you during treatment, but it wears off very quickly after you stop breathing it.

Moderate sedation can be achieved with oral medication or IV sedation. Moderate sedation with medication makes you drowsy but you’ll stay awake. With full sedation, you’re in a deep sleep and not able to be woken up until the anesthetic wears off.

What dental procedures are sedation used for?

Sedation dentistry can be an asset in nearly any dental procedure, depending on the patient. Natural Smile Dentistry commonly recommends sedation for anxious patients undergoing:

  • Tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth
  • Crowns and fillings
  • Dental cleanings
  • Root canals
  • Oral surgery

People who are getting a lot of dental work done at once or who have trouble sitting still in the dentist’s chair can benefit from sedation dentistry. Children may need sedation when going through large amounts of dental work so that they can hold still long enough for a dentist to complete the dental work. This is a unique specialty and not offered at every dentist’s office.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Natural Smile Dentistry provides individualized care to each patient, and the team is dedicated to finding a treatment plan you’re comfortable with. If the thought of dental work keeps you from going to the dentist to get the care you need, talk to the dentist about the benefits of sedation dentistry.

People in generally good health but who are nervous about the dentist are typically good candidates for sedation dentistry. In general, the team recommends full sedation with a general anesthetic only when necessary. Other options like laughing gas provide adequate relaxation to most patients undergoing minor dental procedures.

Don’t let anxiety about going to the dentist compromise your oral health. Find out if sedation dentistry could be an option for you by calling Natural Smile Dentistry or booking an appointment online.