One of the most common phobias is a fear of dental procedures. For many people, the thought of visiting the dentist’s chair brings fear, anxiety, and stress—but it doesn’t have to be that way! At Houston Prosthodontic Associates, we’ll work with you to create a plan you’re comfortable with. We’ll address your dental needs in the most pain-free, stress-free way possible. Often, the best way to avoid anxiety at the dentist is through the use of sedation.
Avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety will only allow your condition to worsen over time resulting in more work and a longer visit when you finally gather the courage to go. Additionally, sedation dentistry can help those who do not respond to local anesthetics.
At Houston Prosthodontic Associates, we offer a number of sedation options.
For this type of sedation, you’ll be prescribed medication to take orally before you actually come to the office for your visit. You’ll arrive already feeling relaxed, but still able to answer questions and interact with the dentist. Because this method is taken at home, you should have a friend or family member take you and pick you up from your appointment. The medication will be prescribed to last throughout your entire
IV sedation requires the involvement of a certified anesthesiologist, who will be present in the office to sedate you. This method gives us the most control over your level of sedation, allowing us to help you feel relaxed, drowsy, or completely asleep, depending on your preference. It’s important to note that you may have to fast for a few hours before IV sedation, and you should not drive yourself home from the appointment. You will likely feel groggy after your visit, so it’s best not to plan much for the rest of the day. Discuss IV sedation with your doctor and dentist to determine whether it’s a good option for you.
Often called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide sedation is administered through a mask placed over your mouth and nose. You’ll inhale a colorless, odorless gas that will leave you feeling relaxed throughout the entire procedure. This method is extremely convenient because it works quickly, and the effects subside as soon as the mask is removed. You should be able to drive to and from your appointment by
Sedation dentistry can help those with dental anxiety get the dental treatments they need. However, that is not the only reason. A few reasons for patients to consider sedation dentistry include:
Dental treatment fear or anxiety
Fear or anxiety of dental instruments
Ineffectiveness of local anesthetics
Sensitive gag reflex
It’s extremely common to have a fear of going to the dentist. By discussing your sedation options, we can find a solution that will keep you from avoiding important procedures. Sedation dentistry can give you the peace of mind you need in order to undergo dental work. You may enjoy better overall health, an improved self-image, and
Call our Houston Prosthodontic Associates at 713-804-2767 to learn more about sedation options for your treatment needs.