Nervous about an upcoming visit to your Houston dentist? With sedation dentistry, you can take away the pain and the worry.
Sedation dentistry is a method of relaxing patients and removing the sensation of pain by administering sedatives orally, via an inhaled gas, or by an IV.
Sedation dentistry is very safe and requires special certification to administer. Additional certification is required to use sedation dentistry with children.
Types of Dental Sedation
For patients who are just mildly nervous about visiting the dentist, an oral sedative is usually the best course.
This kind of sedative is taken just before going to your Houston dentist’s office and it will take effect right about the time your appointment starts.
Patients who are moderately nervous or may be undergoing a mild to moderately invasive procedure, nitrous oxide gas is usually the go-to sedative.
It is safely inhaled through the nose and relaxes the patient while also reducing the sensation of pain.
For more invasive procedures, nitrous oxide is often used to lead into an IV sedative, which can be far more potent, and also more quickly affects the patient.
Monitoring Sedation Levels
Whenever an IV or gas sedative is used, the level being administered is constantly monitored and adjusted by the dentist or a certified anesthetist.
The reason the sedation is monitored is because your Houston dentist may need to issue instructions such as opening your mouth wider or moving your tongue.
It’s also monitored to prevent applying too much or too little sedation during the procedure. This prevents the patient from falling asleep and from experiencing discomfort.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is, first and foremost, a method of curbing discomfort during a procedure. On top of that, it is a way to relax a nervous or anxious patient.
When used for children, it can help keep them still, making procedures take less time.
And ultimately, it helps the dentist accomplish a lot more work in a shorter amount of time, which can prevent the need for multiple visits.