3 Things You Should Know About Sedation Dentistry

At Sair Dental, we want each visit to our office to be an enjoyable experience. After all, good oral hygiene is an ongoing commitment, and fear should never come between you and the smile you deserve. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry to provide the most relaxing and stress-free environment possible.
For some patients, sedation dentistry is the solution for dental anxiety that kept them from getting the care they needed. We offer several sedation dentistry options for those patients who can use a little more help getting comfortable. If you are considering the use of a sedative, here are three things you should know.

Sedation Dentistry Improves Communication

There’s a common misconception that opting to receive a sedative prior to treatment means getting “knocked out.” When we employ sedation dentistry, you will remain alert while still enjoying the benefits of a calming, pain-free sensation.
The result is dental care made easier for both you and your dentist. Your relaxed state will reduce any tendency to twitch, making your dentist’s job easier. Since you’re alert throughout, he can explain the procedure as it’s being done, while monitoring your comfort level.

You Can Choose Your Form of Sedation Dentistry

Depending on the level of assistance you need to relax during your visit, you may elect to have an oral sedative that you can take prior to your visit, or opt for an inhaled sedative (nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”).
Whichever form of sedation dentistry you choose, our aim is to ensure an optimal balance between relaxation and responsiveness. You will be aware of your surroundings and can respond to stimuli or questions from your dental team, but remain in a soothing, dreamlike state throughout your visit.

Your Sedative May Last Longer than Your Visit

Since our goal is to keep you relaxed all the way through your treatment, the effects of your sedative may still be felt for a time afterward. You may still be a bit “woozy,” feeling light-headed and with only a vague memory of your visit. This will subside shortly, but may take longer than your scheduled visit. If you elect sedation dentistry, we recommend that you are accompanied by someone who can get you home safely. If you plan to return to work after your appointment, you should schedule accordingly.
Your consultation will include a discussion of your medical history. Be sure to advise your dentist about any allergies you have, and medications you are taking, so the proper sedation dentistry option is selected for you.
Schedule your consultation today with our Sair Dental team. We offer the highest quality general and cosmetic dentistry in Houston, and we love kids!