Sedation dentistry uses a combination of techniques, from laughing gas to general anesthesia, to relax patients during dental appointments, from routine check-ups to surgical procedures. The reason to avoid the dentist because of anxiety has been removed.
The doctors and the team of oral healthcare professionals at Shiny Smile Dental, located near you in Houston, want to educate their patients, new and current, on the types and the administration of sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is the practice of managing a patient’s dental anxieties and phobias.
The overall health of the patient is important, and all health issues must be made known to the dentist. There are certain health conditions that may require clearance from a physician, like hypertension, cardiac and respiratory conditions and diabetes.
All dentists trained in sedation dentistry will conduct a thorough medical and physical assessment, along with a review of the patient’s medical history, before recommending a sedation procedure.
This is the most common form of sedation method with consistent effectiveness. Nitrous oxide does not render the patient “asleep,” but it does reduce anxiety during a procedure. Laughing gas can be inhaled or used in combination with an injection.
Typically, the patient remains aware of their surroundings while speaking and asking questions.
This form of sedation comes in the form of a pill or a liquid and is used in combination with nitrous oxide. The patient remains awake, but not nervous or anxious about the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is conventional and commonplace for invasive procedures. This technique injects the sedative directly into a vein allowing for deeper drowsiness. The patient may remain awake but less aware of the procedure or of their surroundings. This form of sedation requires recovery time before the patient is released from the office. Contact our office to find out more about IV sedation dentistry near you.
This technique renders the patient “asleep” during the entire procedure. General anesthesia can be a combination of IV and inhaled sedatives. A complete and thorough recovery time is required.
All sedation is medication. It is advised that a friend or a family member accompany the patient to the appointment to drive the patient home.
Today, most dentists are qualified to administer nitrous oxide. However, heavier sedation techniques require additional training, equipment, emergency preparedness, and licensure. For these reasons, not every dental practice offers a full range of sedation administrations.
The oral healthcare professionals at Shiny Smile Dental treat all dental conditions and the accompanying anxieties. If you feel sedation dentistry may be the right option for you, then please contact Shiny Smile Dental, located in Houston, where new patients are always welcome. Visit us from Alief, Barker, Sugar Land, Katy, Fulshear, Bellaire, Missouri City, Stafford, and Richmond, TX. Shiny Smile Dental is trusted and highly recommended for the administration of all types of sedation dentistry for general, restorative and cosmetic procedures.