Here at Smile Doctors, we strive to create a relaxing environment where our patients can feel comfortable and at ease when they come to us to take care of their dental health. We understand some people can feel anxious or fearful when they need to visit their dentist, that is why here at Smile Doctors we provide sedation dentistry services to help patients have a more pleasant and relaxing experience. There are different types of sedation options available to make your dental treatment or procedure easier for you. Certain kinds of sedation aim to block the pain or numb an area and are used during the procedure. Other types are used to keep you calmed and relaxed and can be administered before you come in for your appointment. Others are used to keep you “out of it” during a procedure, usually not even remembering the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” as it’s more commonly known as is a type of sedation often used in dentistry because it is an effective sedative and very safe for patients. Using a small mask, the dentist places the mask over your nose and mouth so you can inhale the nitrous oxide and be sedated for the duration of the procedure. This type of sedation won’t put you to sleep, you will still be awake and responsive during treatment, but you will feel relaxed and calm. Once the procedure is over, the dentist will make you inhale oxygen through the mask to eliminate the effects of the sedation.
General anesthesia is used for people with more severe anxiety and for procedures that might take a long time to perform. With this type of sedation, the patient is put to sleep for the duration of the procedure and woken up once the procedure is finished. You won’t remember the procedure or feel any pain or discomfort as there is a loss of consciousness while under this type of sedation. This type of sedation has more risks, and your dentist will go over your medical history with you to see if you are a good candidate for this type of sedation.
If you want to know more about the sedation dentistry services we provide for a better and more comfortable dental experience, give us a call at (281) 968-1663 or visit us at 8143 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX 77055.