Helping You Remain Calm and Comfortable During Treatments
We understand that some patients feel nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist, especially if they have to experience a restorative dentistry treatment, such as a dental implant or a root canal therapy. This is where dental sedation can help, offering patients a calming option that allows them to experience a comfortable visit.
What Are the Different Dental Sedation Options?
We offer several dental sedation options that can be personalized to meet your unique needs.
- Nitrous Oxide: This sedation is also called “laughing gas,” and it is mild. We administer it through a comfortable mask worn over the nose and then exhaled through your mouth. Its effects do not last long, which usually allows patients to leave the office on their own.
- Oral Sedation: This sedation type is taken as a pill or liquid before treatment begins and may benefit patients who experience higher levels of dental anxiety. It is more potent than nitrous oxide, and its effects take longer to wear off. We recommend patients have a friend or family member drive them home or to school after taking oral sedation.
- IV Sedation: This is the most powerful form of dental sedation. We usually recommend it only for patients who have special needs, experience high levels of anxiety or phobia, or require oral surgery. We administer the sedation directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip, which a trained anesthesiologist closely monitors during the whole treatment. We recommend patients have a friend or family member drive them back home after taking IV sedation.
Schedule a Consultation About Sedation Dentistry with Us
Dental sedation may be an appropriate option for patients who experience anxiety about dental treatments. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, today at 832-437-3849. We proudly serve patients from Katy, Fulshear, and the greater Houston area.