If the word “dentist” sends shivers up your spine and keeps you from scheduling regular checkups, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Close to 30 percent of the population has a fear of the dentist’s office that prevents them from receiving the dental care they need. Sedation dentistry is a technique of mitigating this fear and providing a comfortable, anxiety-free experience for patients with a mild or severe dental phobia.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are a number of sedation techniques available for keeping patients calm and relaxed during a procedure. Some of the most common include:

  • Nitrous Oxide – Nitrous Oxide is more commonly known as laughing gas. It is inhaled through a nose-piece and relaxes the patient within moments.
  • Oral Sedation – Oral sedation is the most popular sedation technique and perhaps the easiest. Patients just simply swallow a couple of pills before the appointment and arrive at the office already relaxed. Oral sedation requires no needles or masks, and most patients don’t remember visiting the dentist’s office at all.
  • IV Sedation – IV Sedation is primarily used by oral surgeons for long and intense procedures. IV sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. Patients are not unconscious and can still respond to basic commands. Like general anesthesia, however, patients feel nothing during the procedure and remember nothing afterwards. Most feel as though they’ve enjoyed a nice, long nap.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • Most patients feel like the dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, even if it takes hours.
  • Sedation relaxes otherwise anxious patients, making trips to the dentist easy and pain-free.
  • Sedation helps patients who would otherwise be afraid of going to the dentist receive the care they need.

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

If you fear dental treatment or have a history of traumatic dental experiences, difficulty going numb with anesthesia, or extremely sensitive teeth, sedation dentistry may be perfect for you.

“Sleep Dentistry”

Many refer to sedation dentistry as sleep dentistry, but patients don’t actually sleep. The sedation keeps you awake, but you feel so relaxed you don’t remember the treatment.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Will I feel any pain?

You’ll feel almost nothing at all, we guarantee it.

How long will I be relaxed?

For 2-6 hours. When you get home, you will need to rest for 3-4 hours.

Will a friend or family member need to take me home?

Yes. Because the sedation effects take a while to wear off, someone will need to drive you home.

If you’re looking for a Sugar Land sedation dentist, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.

Contact Us For Further Sedation Dentistry Inquiries

If you’re looking for a sedation dentistry treatment that you can trust, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today. We know sedation seems like a dangerous procedure and want to ensure your safety as we take care of your oral health needs.

Call us for a free consultation at (281) 549-5177 or visit us at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, TX. 

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