When choosing an implant dentist, you want to make sure that you find a dentist who is mindful of your comfort. At Dr. Fitzgerald’s office, we understand that many patients have fear stemming from negative past experiences. Others simply don’t want to be aware of the details of their procedure. Our team will cater to your needs and recommend solutions appropriate for your unique situation. Dr. Fitzgerald offers several kinds of sedation to optimize relaxation during implant procedures.
The most common forms of sedation dentistry include:
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- IV Sedation
Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless gas inhaled through a nasal mask. The gas encourages mild euphoria and helps alleviate anxiety. Once the nitrous oxide is turned off, patients return to normal sensation within minutes. This mild sedative has proven extremely effective for patients with low levels of anxiety.
Oral conscious sedation proves a great solution for those with moderate to severe dental anxiety. Oral sedation involves a moderate sedative taken in pill form prior to your appointment. The sedative will make you feel very relaxed and drowsy. With oral sedation, the time will seem to pass very quickly, and you’ll have little memory of the actual procedure. Effects of the sedation subside within 24 hours.
IV sedation is also a moderate sedative, but unlike oral sedation, it’s administered directly to the bloodstream. The benefit of IV sedation is that it allows the doctor more control over your level of comfort. With IV sedation, you’ll retain your breathing reflexes, but you’ll be in a state of deep relaxation. Dr. Fitzerald and our team are well-versed in the details of IV sedation and will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Millions of patients have turned to sedation dentistry to overcome their fear and receive needed dental care. As your implant dentist, Dr. Fitzgerald will discuss your options in great detail and tailor a plan according to your specific needs. Located in Plano, the Fitzgerald Dental Implant Center is convenient for patients from North Dallas, Frisco, and other parts of the DFW metroplex.