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Sedation services offered in Frisco, TX


Few people get excited about going to the dentist, but some experience true anxiety that keeps them from receiving the oral care they need. Alecia Hardy, DDS, of Frisco Dental Implant Center in Frisco, Texas, provides all levels of sedation dentistry to help you visit the dentist without the anxiety and discomfort you associate with oral care appointments. Call today to schedule your sedation appointment or use the online tool to book.

Sedation Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps you feel more comfortable in the dental chair to get the care you need. Dr. Hardy uses medications, inhaled gas, intravenous (IV) sedatives, or general anesthesia so you can feel more relaxed when receiving oral care. 

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

You may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry if:

  • You experience high levels of fear regarding dental visits
  • You have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • You have difficulty getting numb from injected anesthetics
  • You have a bad gag reflex
  • You have very sensitive teeth
  • You have limited time to complete your dental treatment
  • You have complex dental problems
  • You hate shots and needles
  • You dislike the smells, sounds, and tastes associated with dental care

Dr. Hardy knows how important oral care is to your overall health and wants to make it accessible, even if it makes you anxious. 

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

Dr. Hardy offers several types of sedation dentistry:

 

Nitrous oxide

You may know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” This simple to administer sedative has no lasting effects. It’s administered through a mask that fits over your nose and makes you feel relaxed and at ease during your appointment. The effects wear off quickly, so you can drive home after your appointment.

 

Oral sedation

People with moderate to severe dental anxiety benefit from oral sedation. Dr. Hardy prescribes an anxiety-reducing medication that you take 30-60 minutes before your appointment. You remain conscious and can answer questions and function but feel completely relaxed. 

You will need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment because it’s not advisable to drive for several hours after taking oral sedation. 

 

IV conscious sedation

Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative into your bloodstream. This form of sedation makes you oblivious to what’s happening around you, but you can still respond to basic commands. You won’t remember what happened at the appointment. The effects of IV sedation last several hours, so you’ll need a person to drive you home after your appointment. 

 

General anesthesia

General anesthesia is reserved for people who have severe dental anxiety. Dr. Hardy may also suggest it for very young or resistant children or uncooperative patients. General anesthesia makes you unconscious, so you get both pain relief and no memory of the visit. 

General anesthesia requires special planning because Dr. Hardy enlists the experience of an anesthesiologist to administer the IV or inhalation agents. 

 

Is sedation dentistry safe?

The staff at Frisco Dental Implant Center monitors you throughout your sedation dentistry visit to ensure your safety. The staff tracks your blood pressure and pulse as well as your blood oxygen saturation levels. 

If anxiety keeps you from getting the dental care you need, contact Frisco Dental Implant Center today. Call the office or use the online tool to learn more about sedation dentistry options.