Sedation Dentistry

Frisco Sedation Dentistry - Dr. Joshua F. Maxwell - Sedation Dentist Frisco, Texas

Dr. Joshua Maxwell offers Sedation Dentistry in Frisco, Texas at Renew Family Dentistry located at 5575 Warren Parkway Ste 324 Frisco, TX 75034. Sedation Dentistry is changing the way people feel about going to the dentist! At Renew Dentistry our main concern is your comfort, health and safety. We want your dental experience to be free of pain and comfortable as possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to accomplish this! Schedule a consultation at our Frisco dental office, and find your new dental home.

Call 469-633-0550 to make an appointment with Dr. Joshua Maxwell at his Frisco dental office today and learn more about how comfortable and stress free dentistry can be! 

Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.

Sedation dentistry is popular because most sedatives can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety and no pain. Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterwards. Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatments, so sedation dentistry offers both the individual and the dentist the best alternative.

What kinds of sedatives are available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, as well as taking note of any current medications.

Here is an overview of the sedation dentistry offered at our Frisco dental office:
Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective sedative agent used to relieve anxiety for patients of any age. Patients are able to drive themselves to their appointment and drive home. After the procedure the Nitrous is completely eliminated from your system in just minutes once the nitrous is removed.

Conscious Sedation
This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes anxiety and discomfort with long procedures and surgeries. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure. Patients are also able to communicate any discomfort they may experience so that Dr. Maxwell can ensure that the patient is pain free during the procedure.

Vibration Injections
Dr. Maxwell uses a special technique that he has developed that allows for the majority of patients to boast to friends and family about their dentist's ability to achieve pain-free numbing! One of the most stressful parts of any dental visit is the injection. This is one of the ways that Dr. Maxwell is changing people's expectations and anxiety level in order to achieve the "stress free and positive dental experience". With use of his specialized technique, vibration injections and gentle numbing agents, you can finally say goodbye to anxiety over taking care of your oral health!

What types of drugs are used in oral conscious sedation?

Most of the drugs used in sedation dentistry are classified as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia and seizures. Each medication has a different half-life, meaning that the effects last for varying amounts of time. The estimated length of the procedure determines which type of drug is going to be most effective.

Here are some of the most common drugs used in oral conscious sedation:

Valium® – This sedative has amnesic properties and a long half-life. It is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures.

Halcion® – Usually used to treat insomnia, Halcion is an effective sedative with amnesic properties. A short half-life makes this sedative useful for shorter procedures.

Ativan® – This sedative is best known for reducing anxiety. It has amnesic properties and a medium half-life. Ativan is typically used for treatments shorter than two hours.

Versed® – This sedative has the shortest half-life and is therefore less commonly used. It alleviates anxiety in much the same way as nitrous oxide, and is used for visits that will take less than 30 minutes.

If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please contact our office today.