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Sedation dentistry makes dental care stress-free and comfortable.

Roman Dental offers intravenous (IV), nitrous oxide, and oral sedation options. As a result, you can relax while the dentistry is completed. Intravenous infusion is the most effective and controlled method of dental office sedation.  When IV sedation is administered, time goes by quickly.  Because time passes quickly during sedation, you might feel as if you had just taken a short nap.

As dental patients, we all struggle to keep our mouths open during treatment.  With hands and instruments between our teeth, we wonder when it will be safe to swallow.   Sedation dentistry eliminates all those issues. While sedated for dental treatment all of the awkwardness of dental care is eliminated. Patients simply relax and comfortably drift in “twilight sleep”. Additionally, patients have very little memory of the treatment experience. If you find dental appointments stressful or you find it difficult to sleep the night before your dental visit, then sedation dentistry will help.

A safe, relaxed, and comfortable dental visit is possible.

Stress is commonly associated with dental treatment. For many people, the level of fear and anxiety can be overwhelming.  In our Houston dental office, every day we provide a variety of sedation techniques including intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and oral sedation to eliminate the anxiety of dental care.

Sedation dentistry can be the first step to improve your dental health.

Have you have been dealing with recurring sensitivity, dental pain, or swelling because of your fears? If so, you are not alone and sedation dentistry may be the answer. Many people tolerate great discomfort, choosing to avoid treatment, rather than subject themselves to dental care.

Dr. Kotlarek understands the emotions that patients face during dental care. Roman Dental, Dr. Kotlarek’s West Houston, Texas dental practice located between Katy, Texas and the Houston Galleria in the 77079 Zipcode, provides different levels of anxiety relief with sedation based on specific patient needs. Dr. Kotlarek received his anesthesia training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore hospital in New York. Dr. Roman Kotlarek is certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Additionally, he is an active member of The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Sedation dentistry is used for all types of dental care. The method of sedation varies dependent upon the patient’s needs and the type of dental treatment being accomplished. Some fearful patients simply require emotional reassurance along with strong local anesthesia.  A comfortable experience for others might require nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation.  For those who want to be totally unaware, Dr. Kotlarek offers the benefits of IV sedation, sometimes called twilight sleep.

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Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. It is used for patients of all ages. Nitrous oxide is often combined with local anesthetics, pain, and anxiety medications. Nitrous oxide raises the pain threshold. For this reason, it makes dental anesthetic injections more comfortable. Additionally, nitrous oxide will make treatment time appear to pass more quickly.

Nitrous oxide provides conscious sedation. This means that the patient is awake and able to answer questions but feels relaxed and comfortable. Nitrous oxide produces happiness and euphoria, earning it the name of laughing gas.

Laughing gas has a great advantage over other sedatives: it’s fast-acting, has few side effects and rapid recovery time enables patients to safely drive a vehicle after treatment.  Once your dental treatment is completed, 100 % oxygen is delivered removing all traces of nitrous oxide from the body and providing an additional boost of energy.  Immediately after the dental visit patients can carry-on with work, child care or recreation.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation creates a deeper level of relaxation than can be achieved through nitrous oxide alone. A sedative medication is taken by mouth about an hour before treatment.  Oral sedation may be used in combination with nitrous oxide. This will increase the level of relaxation.

Taking a sedative tablet works well for patients who can normally cope with dental treatment. Patients experience a drowsy sensation but are awake and able to respond to questions and requests.  Oral sedation works well for patients who appreciate the quicker passage of time. Because of this, treatment is completed in a more pleasant way.

Facts About Oral Sedation:

  • It works effectively for mild to moderate levels of anxiety.
  • It is simple and safe. Sedative/hypnotic tablets are taken prior to your visit.
  • Often patients have little memory of the procedure.
  • Sedation lasts for several hours after you take the medication.
  • You will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment.

Intravenous  Sedation

Intravenous sedation is simply called IV sedation or twilight sleep.  It is the most effective and predictable method of sedation. It’s great for patients that are fearful of dental treatment. People that are having extensive treatments also benefit from this sedation technique. This is the first choice of sedation for patients who don’t want any memory of their dental experience.

Sedative medicines are delivered through an intravenous line placed in the arm.  Therefore short sleeves, comfortable clothing, and athletic footwear should be worn to the appointment. Patients must avoid food and drink for 8 hours prior to treatment. A driver is needed to take the patient home after treatment.    IV sedation removes anxiety, stress, and memory of dental care.

Facts About IV Sedation

  • It is effective for significant levels of anxiety.
  • It is effective and can be controlled to last as long as necessary.
  • Patients rarely have any memory of the dental procedure.
  • Lengthy dental visits seem to be brief.
  • Treatment can be completed more quickly and in fewer visits.
  • You will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment.

Advantages Of Iv Sedation Vs. Oral Sedation

IV sedation is the most reliable method for comfortably receiving dental treatment. Because IV sedation takes effect immediately, it’s easily regulated. Also, the intravenous route of sedation allows control of the depth and duration of sedation.

As an alternative, oral sedation offers the simplicity of taking a pill with water. Unfortunately, oral sedation does not offer control over how soon the sedation takes place.  How long sedation lasts or how deeply relaxed the patient will be is also less certain. Oral sedation isn’t as predictable as other methods of sedation. However, oral sedation is simple, effective, and creates calmness.

Take the first step toward dental health

Sedation helps if you are avoiding dental care due to fear, gagging, or a bad previous experience. Dr. Kotlarek offers safe and effective sedation techniques. Your treatment will be done in a relaxing atmosphere. Call for a consultation if you think you would benefit from sedation dentistry.  Roman Dental is located at 14535 Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77079.

We offer IV sedation for all general dental procedures. We are near Dairy Ashford close to I-10 West. Located between Katy, Texas and the Houston Galleria.