Celebrating 15 Years Serving Our Community!

★★★★★ | Angie C.
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Dr. Davis has been our dentist for almost 10 years. Each visit is a pleasant one with lots of smiles and friendly faces. Her team is responsive and caring. She responded to an emergency dental situation over the weekend within 30 minutes, called in a prescription, and saw us first things the next business day. We are more than pleased with Dr. Davis and the Healthy Smiles team!
★★★★★ | Antoinette W.
★★★★★ | Antoinette W.
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My kids have been going ro Dr. Davis for 5 or 6 years and we have always had great experiences!
★★★★★ | Jarrod F.
★★★★★ | Jarrod F.
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We have been going to Dr. Davis since my kids were small. I love how friendly she and her staff are, it is truly genuine. They are excellent with kids and answer any questions you have. They are also great at teaching your child how to care for their teeth and explain why. You will not be disappointed by bringing your child here. They are the best at pediatric dentistry!
★★★★★ | Lacrica O.
★★★★★ | Lacrica O.
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Dr. Davis and her staff are wonderful. My child has been seeing Dr. Davis since 2015. She’s very caring, attentive, and ensures all questions are answered when questions arise.
★★★★★ | Danielle M.
★★★★★ | Danielle M.
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Dr. Davis has been an amazing provider for my young children. From timely service to referrals to the best Ortho – her consistency to keep families first goes unmatched. Congratulations on celebrating 15 years of excellence and many more!
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Dental Phobia & Sedation

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A little nervousness before going to the dentist is normal but there are cases when anxiety is so severe, it turns into a phobia. Your child may experience significant distress in the days leading up to a dental appointment, may cling for dear life inside your car once you arrive and may be completely terrified during any dental procedure. Pediatric sedation is an option your dentist in Frisco can offer to help ease your child during the visit.

What Is Dental Phobia?

Dental phobia, also known as odontophobia, is a serious condition that refers to the fear of dentists. There are many reasons why a child may be afraid of the dentist. It could be fear of the dentist, which may or may not have originated after a negative experience in a specific dental office. However, much like how “white coat syndrome” occurs with adults, dental phobia can exist in children even if they have not had a negative experience with another dentist. Children may also be worried about pain or about needles if they’ve previously had dental work. The sensation of tools inside your child’s mouth may also be a trigger for them, as well as the bright lights, smells and sounds.

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Sedation for Dental Phobia

Pediatric sedation with your dentist in Frisco can completely alter your child’s experience when visiting for a dental appointment. What used to be a tense and terrifying event can become a calm, soothing experience during which they relax into the chair without intense fear and anxiety. When children are afraid, they may try to get up from the chair and remain restless throughout their visit, which could result in staying at the dentist longer than needed. Your child could also become visibly and audibly upset, crying and reaching for you while the dentist attempts to complete an exam or procedure. In these cases, pediatric sedation can allow your child to relax and allow the dentist to get you in and out of the office in no time.

Types of Sedation

There are two primary types of sedation that work best for children. They include:
Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide has been used in dental practices for decades. It’s a gas that is administered via a nasal mask. You’ve probably heard its moniker, “laughing gas.” This form of sedation is one of the safest types of sedation and provides several effects your child can benefit from, including sedation, euphoria and mild pain relief.
Oral Conscious Sedation

This type of sedation is a stronger option than nitrous oxide. This medication is administered orally and allows your child to relax fully during the dental procedure. Your child does remain conscious but may fall asleep due to the sedating effects. There are some lingering effects after administration, so your child may experience grogginess after your visit.

Sedation can prevent psychological trauma, especially in children who have dental phobia. Without sedation, visits to the dentist may worsen an already several dental phobia, which could affect your child’s overall health.

Frequently asked Questions

Sedation Dentistry

We offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation in the office. You and the dentist will discuss the options and choose the right course for your child. For more extreme cases, see our Hospital Sedation Dentistry page.
Ensuring your child is comfortable and feels safe is paramount. We want them to feel at ease at the dentist and to alleviate their fears. A calm child enables our team is able to thoroughly perform exams, X-rays, cleanings, or restorative work to maintain optimal oral health.