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Our Sedation Dentists can Help Nervous Patients Relax

McKinney Sedation Dentist Lady leaning back relaxingAt OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, helping patients feel relaxed and right at home is an essential part of our approach. That’s why we provide a comfortable office setting, friendly team members, a kid-friendly area with video games and movies, and much more. However, our doctors understand that even these efforts aren’t always enough to cure feelings of fear and anxiety. If you suffer from dental phobia, please let us know so that we can address the problem with sedation dentistry at your next visit. Sedation dentistry does a good job of lessening those frustrating emotions and helping you (or your child) achieve a genuine sense of calm throughout the treatment process.

Has it been too long since your last checkup? Trust in our team to help you through the process smoothly. Please contact our McKinney office today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule the first appointment.

Female patient happily getting dental examination

Oral Conscious Sedation

Like the name suggests, oral conscious sedation features the use of oral medication that is prescribed by our dental team. The patient will be directed to take it at a certain time before their first appointment. As a result, they should enter a deep state of relaxation without completely falling asleep. When choosing oral conscious sedation, make sure to arrange for an escort to bring you both to and from our McKinney location.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is a mild form of sedation that’s completely safe for children and adults alike. After the patient has gotten comfortable in the treatment chair, we’ll attach a mask over their nose and start administering the gas. They should feel calmer and more content after a few minutes of breathing it in. Then, when the procedure is over and the mask is removed, the patient should recover just as quickly and will be able to return to their regular routine with hardly any downtime.

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IV Sedation

IV sedation is the strongest type of conscious sedation that our team offers, helping patients achieve a sort of “twilight sleep.” This means that while you’re technically conscious enough to respond to our team’s commands, it’s likely that you won’t remember much of anything about the experience once you’ve recovered. The medication is delivered intravenously, which allows our team to adjust the dosage as needed to ensure the patient’s complete safety and comfort. Like with oral conscious sedation, you will need someone to transport you and watch over you until the sedation wears off.