Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who experience high anxiety when visiting the dentist. We use the latest sedation techniques, including oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide.

We offer sedation dentistry to meet the unique needs of our anxious, fearful, or busy dental patients because of your comfort and peace of mind are our first concern.

Am I A Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation can help a patient deal with strong feelings of fear and anxiety that accompany a visit to the dentist. If you have these characteristics, sedation dentistry at South Friendswood Dental could change how you view your appointment. Sedation could be an excellent option if you have:

  • Difficulty overcoming anxiety about the dentist
  • A low pain threshold
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • A very strong gag reflex
  • A large amount of work that needs to be done

These sedation options are not paining medication. Once sedated, we properly numb, or anesthetize, the area we are working on, making your procedure pain-free.

Sedation Dentistry Options In Houston and Friendswood TX

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

With oral sedation, a pill, usually Valium or a similar drug, is given about 30 minutes to an hour before the start of your procedure. This will make you drowsy, but you’re still awake and you can still respond to certain directions from Dr. Mahabir or Dr. Gandhi. If you prefer moderate sedation, we can simply increase the dosage.

What Is Inhaled Minimal Sedation?

Nitrous oxide, long associated with the dentist’s office, is used with inhaled minimal sedation. A mask is placed over your nose and you breathe in the “laughing gas.” The gas helps you relax, but you’re still fully awake. The effects of the gas wear off very quickly. We precisely control the amount you receive. Inhaled sedation is the only form of sedation where you will be able to drive yourself home after your procedure. Inhaled sedation is the best sedation option for children.

What Is IV Sedation?

This type of sedation is delivered intravenously and works instantly. An advantage of IV sedation is that we can adjust the levels continually and monitor the patient throughout the procedure.

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