Sedation Dentistry in Greater Heights
Here’s an easy question: when was the last time you saw the dentist? If you see the dentists at Sunrise Dental regularly for biannual checkups, then the correct answer to that question is somewhere between yesterday and six months ago. However for many people, that’s not such an easy question to answer. Dental phobia and anxiety prevent patients from visiting the dentist as often as they should to take good care of their smiles. Fortunately, there is a solution. With sedation dentistry, your 77008 dentist can help you relax so you can have the dental treatment you need.
At Sunrise Dental, we offer three different kinds of sedation dentistry Greater Heights Houston, TX, residents can rely on for an appropriate level of sedation. Our dentists will be meet with you to determine your level of fear or anxiety and then recommend the kind of sedation that would best for you.
Many patients routinely use nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, in order to comfortably get through their dental treatment. This sedation is perfect for a range of services, from tooth-colored fillings to root canal therapy. At the start of your procedure, a small mask is placed over your nose. As you inhale the measured combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, you’ll quickly begin to feel your body melt into the dentist’s chair and your worries will fade away. When the mask is removed, the effects wear off almost immediately so you can continue normally with your day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients who have a little more difficulty with fear of the dentist there is oral conscious sedation. With this, your dentist will prescribe an oral sedative that you’ll take about one hour before your appointment time. During that hour, the sedative will enter your system and you’ll gradually begin to feel at ease. At our office, you may think you’ve slept through your appointment. However, as the name oral conscious sedation implies, you are actually awake so we can converse with you.
When a patient requires a complex dental procedure, or when several procedures need to be completed in one visit, your Greater Heights dentist may recommend IV sedation. In this case, sedative medication is delivered through an IV. This provides the deepest level of sedation. While you are sedated, we closely monitor your pulse, heart rate and breathing. At the conclusion of your treatment, the IV is stopped and you’re given plenty of time to recover. With both IV sedation and oral conscious sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from our office.
Don’t let your fear of the dentist prevent you from enjoying optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Call Sunrise Dental today and ask about sedation dentistry!