Many people avoid the dentist, missing out on treatments they need, because of fear or anxiety. At Advanced Dentistry, cosmetic and general dentists Varghese John, DMD, Sanaz Rouhani, DDS, and their team can ease any pain, discomfort, or anxiety you experience with sedation techniques, ranging from nitrous oxide to IV sedation. To make an appointment, call the office in Sugar Land, Texas, or book online today.
Sedation dentistry includes a wide range of techniques to help you relax during dental treatment. Advanced Dentistry offers multiple sedation techniques that can relieve pain, take your mind off your procedure, and improve your experience.
Your provider may recommend sedation if dental anxiety prevents you from seeking treatment. They may also encourage sedation if you’re undergoing extensive dental work, such as oral surgery or root canal therapy.
Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless gas that you inhale with oxygen. A mild form of sedation, nitrous oxide requires no preparation and works quickly. You start to feel its effects right away.
Once you stop inhaling nitrous oxide, its effects wear off within minutes. It’s the only type of sedation you can use and drive yourself home afterward.
Oral sedation is available in pill form. You take the medication about one hour before your procedure. While you remain conscious throughout your treatment, you may not be fully aware of your surroundings. You must coordinate a ride home after your procedure if you choose oral sedation.
During IV sedation, your provider administers medication intravenously, usually through a vein in your arm. Its effects begin right away, and you may be in and out of consciousness throughout your procedure.
It’s important to arrange a ride home and have someone monitor you while the effects of IV sedation wear off.
Sedation dentistry can help patients relax while getting the dental care they need. Your Advanced Dentistry provider may recommend sedation dentistry if you have:
Sedation techniques may also be necessary if you have a high tolerance for anesthetics. Sedation can help prevent pain and discomfort if your anesthetic begins to wear off earlier than expected. You and your provider can work together at your visit to determine whether sedation dentistry is right for you.
To see if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry, make an appointment at Advanced Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.
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