Dental sedation is useful for patients who require extensive dental treatment, and may be necessary for patients who exhibit various levels of dental fear/phobia. Anxiety and fear about visiting the dentist can often be alleviated with sedation, granting fearful patients enough courage and comfort to receive the dental care they need.
At Stephens Gatewood & Associates, we work closely with an expert anesthesiologist to provide the right level of dental sedation for every patient that qualifies for it.
Nitrous Oxide (Light)
Nitrous oxide is a gas, and is administered through a mask placed over the nose. It is often referred to as laughing gas due to the light level of euphoria it produces, and because the gas is exhaled immediately, its effects quickly dissolve after the mask is removed. During your consultation, ask your dentist about receiving complimentary nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation (Medium)
Oral conscious sedation describes a pill or liquid medication that is taken shortly before your treatment begins. The effects are stronger than nitrous oxide, but you will still remain conscious and responsive throughout your procedure. However, the effects may take a few hours to wear off, and you should bring a responsible adult to drive you home after your appointment.
IV Sedation (Deep)
IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip. The medication can take effect almost immediately, and is the strongest form of dental sedation that we offer. An anesthesiologist will monitor your medication and vital signs throughout the procedure, and though you will remain conscious, your memory of your visit may be foggy afterwards.
Whether you’re nervous about an upcoming treatment or you experience dental anxiety about visiting your dentist in general, the right oral sedation can help! Schedule an appointment by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you, and ask us about your sedation options during your visit.