When you have feelings of nervousness or anxiety about an upcoming dental procedure, we can discuss methods to help you feel more at ease. The last thing we want is for you to delay a treatment or even avoid one altogether due to the thought of treatment causing you stress. Fortunately, modern dentistry provides a variety of methods that address differing levels of anxious feelings. By discussing your medical history, experience with sedation, and the nature of your feelings with your dentist, we can help you receive medication that allows you to cope. This allows you to stay on schedule with your upcoming treatments while experiencing them in a more relaxed state. If you have any questions about the methods that we use, please feel free to ask. Remember that your comfort is our top priority when progressing to treatment.
At your Katy, TX, dental practice, we understand that every patient’s experience at the dentist is unique, but we want to know that feelings of nervousness can be rather common. We hope that you feel able to discuss your discomfort with our team so that we can find a mutually beneficial method for moving forward with your treatment. In today’s blog, we will explain the different dental sedation options we use to help you decide which is best for you.
Meet With Your Dentist To Choose A Dental Sedation Method
With a wide variety of sedation methods, how do you know which one is right for you? By meeting with our team before an upcoming procedure, we can review your options and tell you what to expect before, during, and after your treatment. At this meeting, we will ask you how you are feeling, your medical history, age, weight, and any other issue that can affect the way you experience a dental procedure. By accessing sedation methods, we hope to make high-quality dental care available to every member of our community that may otherwise feel unable to seek treatment.
We provide nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as a less intense option for dental sedation. This method works by administering gas through a vented hood that you wear throughout your treatment or surgery. Breathing through the mask allows you to enter a more relaxed state while staying awake the entire time. Nitrous oxide provides the benefit of wearing off immediately after application. This means that you can drive yourself to and from your appointment without worry of intoxication.
By offering oral sedation, we allow you to feel more calm by taking a calming pill before you attend your procedure. This option provides a deeper level of relaxation than nitrous oxide, while you will remain conscious. Because the effect of your pill is not timed with your treatment, we ask that you arrange for transportation both to and from the procedure.
Speak With Your Katy, TX, Dentist About Receiving Dental Sedation
For more information on our calming treatment options, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849 to schedule a visit.