Sedation Dentistry in Katy

Sedation Dentistry

A Calming Influence

  • Do dental visits make you anxious? For patients with dental fears, Dr. Lathrop offers safe and comfortable sedation dentistry. Our innovative techniques allow patients to remain calm and relaxed throughout the entire procedure.

Dental sedation can help patients with:

  • Overactive gag reflexes
  • Dental anxiety
  • Special needs
One and ahalf out of eight people have dental anxiety

Over 15% of Americans avoid the dentist due to anxiety

Without routine care, you experience an increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious dental health problems. The first step toward improved dental health is a consultation with Dr. Lathrop.

What Types of Patients Could Benefit From Sedation?


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How We Can Help

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered using a mask. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off as soon as the procedure ends. Nitrous oxide is a trusted method of sedation used across the country for decades.

Oral Sedation

Given in pill form prior to the procedure, oral sedation provides a deeper method of relaxation. Dr. Lathrop will provide specific instructions on eating and resting before your visit. You will require a ride home after your procedure.

Oral + Nitrous Oxide

In some cases, Dr. Lathrop may recommend the combined use of oral sedation and nitrous oxide for patients undergoing more extensive treatment.

IV Sedation

The deepest method of sedation available. Using an IV, a sedative will be administered and your vitals monitored by a medical professional throughout the procedure.

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Comfortable, Calming Dentistry with Sedation

Some patients may feel anxious about their dental treatment, especially if they must undergo a complex restorative treatment such as root canal treatment or dental implant placement. Others may suffer dental phobia or have special needs that make it almost impossible to receive even routine preventive care. Fortunately, dental sedation offers a way for patients with special considerations to receive the high-quality dental care they need and deserve. As experts in all areas of professional dental care, we offer a variety of dental sedation options that can be personalized to suit your specific needs and preferences.  

Personalized Sedation Options

  • Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is the mildest form of dental sedation, and has been in clinical dentistry since the mid-19th century. Nitrous oxide is administered through a comfortable mask worn over your nose, and is immediately exhaled through the mouth. Its effects dissipate almost immediately after the mask is removed.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation, also known as oral conscious sedation, is taken as a pill or liquid before your dental procedure begins. As a more potent option than laughing gas, many patients who experience anxiety benefit more from oral sedation. For more potent effects, your dentist may also recommend taking the medication the night before your dental appointment as well as in the morning, shortly before your treatment begins.
  • Oral Sedation + Nitrous Oxide: Because dental sedation can be tailored to each patient’s unique needs, we often recommend a combination of nitrous oxide and oral sedation. The combined sedative effects can help patients with severe anxiety or phobia enjoy a more comfortable and calming experience without having to opt for IV sedation.
  • IV Sedation: IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is the most powerful form of dental sedation, and is typically recommended only when patients have special needs, exhibit extreme dental phobia, or require oral surgery. IV sedation is administered directly into the blood stream through an intravenous drip, which is closely monitored by a trained anesthesiologist.

Ask Your Dentist About Sedation Dentistry

If you experience dental phobia or heightened anxiety about your dental treatment, or if you have special needs that make receiving dental care challenging, then ask your dentist if dental sedation is right for you. To schedule a consultation, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, today at 832-437-3849. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our form here. We proudly serve patients from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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