Do You Have Dental Anxiety?


Dental anxiety can take many forms. You may feel a little nervous when you think about an upcoming appointment with our dentist, or you may have a very real fear of visiting a dental office. While this kind of anxiety is not out of the ordinary, if it is keeping you from getting necessary dental care, you should call Family Dentistry of Frisco at (469) 362-3150. Dr. Paresh B. Patel is skilled at putting our patients at ease and will be happy to talk with you about your options for sedation dentistry in Frisco, Texas.

Sedation dentistry can make any dental appointment more relaxing and even enjoyable for patients who struggle with dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry involves the use of a sedative medication to calm a patient during a dental procedure. There are several types of sedation dentistry that can be used for different situations and needs:

  • Nitrous oxide (N2O), which is commonly referred to as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a gaseous mixture that, when inhaled, can help you feel tranquil. The effects of nitrous oxide begin quickly after inhalation and fade shortly after the flow of gas is stopped.
  • Oral sedation, which involves a pill you take before your appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, you should feel calm.
  • IV sedation, which involves a sedative medication that is delivered directly into your bloodstream through a vein. This allows for the sedative to take effect more quickly, and the level of sedation can be controlled more easily. You will stay awake during IV sedation, but you may fall asleep due to how relaxed it will make you feel. You may forget details of your appointment.

Sedation dentistry can help you relax during complex or even simple dental procedures. Our team will monitor you and keep you safe while you are sedated in our office. You may need someone to drive you home after your appointment; we will discuss all such details with you.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact us today!