We offer three different forms of dental sedation for our patients. We’ve used them to help those with anxiety and special needs enjoy a positive experience at our office, and receive the care needed to enjoy optimal oral health. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about dental sedation.
When Does Someone Benefit from a Sedation Treatment?
As we touched on above, this can be very helpful for those with dental anxiety. You may have a fear of the dentist due to a poor previous experience, or even due to lack of experience visiting a dentist. We know your anxiety is very real, and we won’t minimize it. Instead, we want to offer a calming solution so you can undergo necessary dental care. Likewise, we have experience helping patients with special needs that could otherwise make receiving treatment difficult for them. This can also help people with sensory issues or a major gag reflex. If you’re undergoing a more extensive treatment, such as tooth extraction to the placement of dental implants, then we could recommend this to keep you comfortable.
Choosing the Right Option for You
We have three sedation different options, so which one will be right for you? We will take several factors into account, such as your age, weight, medical history, and dental history. We also factor special needs and anxiety, and the treatment you’re going to be receiving. Our team follows strict guidelines and monitors our patients throughout the procedure.
Looking at Our Three Selections
The most commonly prescribed option helps kids and adults alike. Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, helps people enter a calm and euphoric state. Patients simply inhale a gas through a mask over the nose. The effects are immediate, but they wear off once the procedure ends so you can return to work or school. You can even drive yourself home!
Oral conscious sedation allows you to reach a deeper state of calm while still remaining conscious and able to respond to the dentist. You should avoid food and drink for a few hours before the procedure, and we will administer the sedation through a pill or liquid form. You enter a deep state of calm with no memory of the procedure, but you will be groggy afterward and need to have someone to bring you home.
IV sedation is the deepest form, and again the effects take time to wear off, so be sure someone is available to bring you home afterward.
Schedule Your Next Visit Today
If you would like to find out more about our calming solutions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, talk to us at Lathrop Dental in Katy, Tx today at 832-437-3849.