Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry for a Relaxing Dental Experience

At the Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we understand that going to the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many people.  Now, there is an excellent solution for this anxiety:  sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, visiting the dentist can actually be relaxing!  This treatment, which involves the use of sedatives to induce a tranquil state before or during dental treatments, allows patients to remain completely at-ease during the dental procedure and enjoy a sense of well-being after the appointment.  The Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides sedation dentistry in a soothing dental spa atmosphere designed to enhance your comfort throughout your treatment experience.  Our team of cosmetic dentists is experienced in sedation dentistry and will provide outstanding care to put your mind at ease. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

The primary benefit of sedation dentistry is the sense of deep relaxation it promotes. Patients enjoy a feeling of peaceful tranquility and are often oblivious when the anesthesia is administered, so they have little to no memory of the dental procedure.  With sedation dentistry, you can schedule dental care without excessive fear or stress – a great relief for many patients who have avoided much-needed treatment because of their dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry is also useful for individuals who have difficulty staying still during dental procedures.  Sleep dentistry can be used for a variety of treatments, including implant dentistryroot canal treatment, tooth extractions, and placement of porcelain veneers. 

Sedation Dentistry Options

Our office in The Woodlands offers several sedation dentistry options.  Each of these options provides a different sedative effect – ranging from light to moderate – we will recommend the best one to meet your needs.  Our sedation dentistry options include:

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

With nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, the sedative is administered via inhalation.  Nitrous does not provide pain relief; instead, the anesthetic is administered in conjunction with the nitrous to eliminate discomfort.  Nitrous puts the patient in a light to moderately sedate state, in which he or she is completely at-ease but able to respond to simple commands during treatment.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation utilizes sedatives taken in pill form about an hour before the appointment.  Oral sedation does not provide pain relief; instead, patients are fully relaxed when they arrive at our office, at which time the anesthetic is administered.  Many patients are unaware when the anesthetic is administered.  The sedative effect may last for several hours after the procedure.

IV Sedation

With IV sedation, the sedative is administered intravenously.  Like oral sedation, IV sedation is not an anesthetic; the anesthesia is administered after the sedative has taken effect.  Since the dentist can adjust the level and duration of the sedative effect, IV sedation is used most often for complex dental procedures.