Eliminate Dental Fear with Allen, TX Sedation Dentistry
Do you feel anxious or frightened when faced with an upcoming dental appointment? You’re not alone – millions of people put off needed visits every year because of those negative emotions. Here in Allen, Dr. Pennie Moreland and her staff are always focused on making your appointments as comfortable as possible, but we understand that our efforts might not be enough to help the patient genuinely relax. In these cases, we’re happy to offer a solution – sedation dentistry. These techniques offer real relief and take the edge off dental phobia for a much more enjoyable experience overall. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry, contact Southern Star Dental today! Our office is located in Allen, TX, and we also serve the areas of Fairview, Lucas, McKinney, Plano, and beyond.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is often the right choice for patients who suffer from mild to moderate dental-related anxiety. We’ll administer it through a nasal mask at the beginning of your procedure, and within just a few minutes, you should begin to feel happier and more comfortable. The biggest benefit of nitrous oxide is that these effects wear off just as quickly after we’ve removed the gas, which means patients return to work, run errands, and even drive themselves home without the need for an escort.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Like the name suggests, oral conscious sedation will involve the patient taking an oral sedative at a certain point before their appointment. Once they’re fully under the effects, patients experience a deep state of relaxation, and they may not even remember anything about their appointment later. You will need a trusted friend or family member to bring you to and from our Allen, TX practice when undergoing oral conscious sedation.
IV sedation is similar to oral conscious sedation, but the medication is administered intravenously. This is more ideal because it allows our team to adjust the dosage for optimal patient comfort. Patients become very relaxed once sedated, and they may even fall asleep. Afterwards, they need an escort to take them home and keep an eye on them for the rest of the day.