No matter how often you brush and floss, regular dental visits are still necessary. Your dentist in Webster, TX can do so much in preventing dental disease and making sure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime. Local anesthetic has made procedures virtually pain-free, but millions of people are still afraid of the dentist. Many even postpone necessary dental care due to fear.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
If you are terrified of dental work, Dr. Das has great news for you. He offers sedation dentistry so you can get treated comfortably. Sedation is the use of medication to help patients relax during their appointment. Sedatives can be administered through a small mask placed over your nose (nitrous oxide), taken by mouth (oral sedation), or injected through IV (IV sedation or general anesthesia).
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
If you find yourself afraid of the dentist and have even cancelled appointments because of your fear, sedation dentistry is for you. Extended time periods between appointments can lead to cavities and more extensive oral work. Many procedures can be avoided with regular visits to the dentist. Here at Clear Lake Dental Care, we know the lasting effects of fear and anxiety with dentists. Dr. Pham, Dr. Darcy, and Dr. Pham want to replace your fear with confidence. Don’t let your fear have a negative impact on your oral health. There are many advantages to sedation dentistry, they include:
- Puts you in a completely relaxed state, allowing you to ask all questions and concerns
- Time seems to pass by quickly in the chair, and all necessary procedures are able to be done
- Your confidence in your oral dentist will improve and you will have less fear for your next dental appointment
What is Nitrous Oxide? (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide sedation is a popular option for patients with dental anxiety. Dr. Das, Dr. Darcey, or Dr. Pham may recommend nitrous oxide if you have mild to moderate dental anxiety. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedation methods for both children and adults.
Nitrous oxide is also referred to as laughing gas and is known for the ability to be able to calm your central nervous system. It enables patients to have any type of dental treatment in comfort or without fear. You will inhale the gas through a small rubber mask placed over your nose. The mask is attached to a hose and a device that adjusts the amount of nitrogen and oxygen you inhale. Immediately after inhalation (within five minutes), you will feel the effects of nitrous oxide. Experiences vary from patient to patient, but these are common effects:
- Warmth throughout your body
- Tingling and numbness in your hands and feet
- Numbness felt in your mouth
- Euphoric or happy, relaxed feeling
- Limbs feeling heavy
You will be awake but relaxed during the entire procedure, and you will not feel sick or feel the urge to fall asleep. Once your procedure is finished, you will be back to normal in just a few minutes. You will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure without any worry of after effects.
Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?
Nitrous oxide is a safe way to relax during a dental procedure. It makes you feel comfortable while remaining fully awake and conscious. It can reduce discomfort caused by the injection of local anesthetic. Your dentist can also adjust the level of sedation as needed. Almost all healthy patients can have nitrous oxide sedation. If you have asthma, bronchitis, or other lung disorders, your dentist and your GP can help determine if nitrous oxide is right for you.
Oral sedatives are pills taken by mouth or dissolved under the tongue about an hour before the procedure. Most patients feel sleepiness and heaviness in their limbs after taking the medication. You are conscious throughout the procedure, however. If you do fall asleep, Dr. Das can easily wake you. Oral sedation is a popular option for patients who hate needles.
IV sedation is sedatives administered via IV by a trained specialist. Your vital signs are carefully monitored with special equipment while you are under sedation. IV sedatives work faster and are more powerful than oral sedatives. IV sedation also produces more predictable results, and the level of sedation can easily be adjusted.
Sedatives produce different levels of relaxation, and the right type and dosage will depend on your health history, medications you are taking, lifestyle, and other factors. Make an appointment with us today to learn more!
Can Dentists Use General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is the deepest form of anesthesia that we offer at Clear Lake Dental Care. Many dentists are not trained to provide this type of sedation, but we have received the necessary certification to offer this to you. When general anesthesia is administered, it will be done via IV and you will fall completely asleep. This is usually recommended when you are going to have a long dental procedure where being asleep will help us complete your treatment in a timely manner.
Schedule A Consultation
One thing that you can be sure about is that each one of our doctors and their elite staff possesses the training and expertise needed to sedate you effectively and efficiently. We have worked hard over the years to get us to the point where we are considered top notch in the field of sedation dentistry in Webster, TX and the surrounding areas! We can’t wait to help ease your tension at Clear Lake Dental Care. Call 281-557-8097 to schedule a consultation today!