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. Sedation dentistry serves as a solution to easing anxiety. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, utilizes sedatives to induce a tranquil state before or during dental treatments. This allows patients to remain completely at-ease during the dental procedure and enjoy a sense of well-being after the appointment.
Sedation Dentistry Benefits
Sedation dentistry provides a sense of deep relaxation, benefiting some of our more anxious patients. 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 dentistry, root 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 always recommend the best option to meet your needs. Our sedation dentistry options include:
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is a sedative administered via inhalation. Nitrous works as an anesthetic to eliminate discomfort by putting the patient in a light to moderately sedated state. During this time, the patient is completely at-ease, but able to respond to simple commands throughout treatment.
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.
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.