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Using Sedation To Ensure A Relaxing Treatment

Our team wants to help people receive the care they need to protect their smiles from cavities, gum disease, or issues like tooth loss. But some people have anxiety that stands between them and their smile they deserve. Which is why your Katy, TX, dentist offers a calming solution with our dental sedation options.

Choosing The Right Option for You

How do we choose which option is right for you? To begin, our team will look at a number of factors, including your age, weight, medical history, anxiety levels, and the presence of any special needs that makes undergoing care difficult. We want to make sure that regardless of the circumstances, you or a member of your family can receive the care needed to keep teeth and gums healthy and strong, so they enjoy optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, this option involves wearing a mask over the noses and inhaling a gas that provides an instant state of relaxation. The effects last as long as the procedure and ends right away, so often people return to work or school and may even drive themselves home. The patient is comfortable and able to respond to the dentist, while still having little to no memory of the procedure. We often recommend this option for kids and adults.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is taken in the form of a pill or liquid in the hours before the procedure or when you arrive at the office. You enter a deeper state of relaxation, while still being conscious. The effects take time to wear off completely, so you need to have a friend or family member ready to bring you home. You may need to avoid food and drink in the eight hours before treatment.

Intravenous Sedation

The deepest form available is intravenous sedation. We reserve this one for those with special needs and anxiety, or those undergoing complex oral surgical procedures, such as dental implant placement. The patient has no memory of the procedure afterward, and enters a deep state of calm. The effects again take time to wear off, so be sure someone is on hand to take you home afterward.

If you have any questions about our approach to sedation dentistry, then contact our team today. We want to make sure that you and your family members can always undergo treatment when needed, keeping smiles healthy and beautiful for years to come.

Speak With Your Katy, TX, Dentist About Keeping Our Patients Calm

Don’t let your anxiety stand between you and the whole, healthy smile you deserve! For more information on our calming treatment options, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849 to schedule a visit.