Sedation dentistry makes dental care stress-free and comfortable. Stress is commonly associated with dental treatment. For many people, the level of fear and anxiety can be overwhelming. In our Houston dental office, we offer a variety of sedation techniques including intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and oral conscious sedation to eliminate the anxiety of dental care. Have you 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.
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 received. 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 conscious sedation. For those who want to be totally unaware, Dr. Roman offers the benefits of IV sedation, sometimes called twilight sleep.
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 a feeling of euphoria and giddiness, 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 breathed-in, 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 conscious 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 remain awake and able to respond to questions and requests throughout their treatment. Oral conscious sedation works well for patients who appreciate the quicker passage of time. Because of this, treatment is completed in a more pleasant way.
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 eight 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.
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 conscious sedation offers the simplicity of taking a pill with water. Unfortunately, oral conscious sedation does not offer control over how soon the sedation takes place and when the effects wear-off. Oral conscious sedation isn’t as predictable as other methods of sedation. However, it is simple, effective, and creates calmness.
Roman Dental on Memorial Drive in West Houston specializes in quickly stopping pain and making people feel relaxed and comfortable. Roman Dental repairs broken front teeth with cosmetic dental bonding, veneers, and ceramic crowns. Even teeth that must be extracted can be replaced with or without dental implants by Dr. Kotlarek and his team of dental technicians. Roman Dental offers same-day appointments to resolve toothaches and problems with sensitivity and discomfort. Additionally, this emergency dental care office provides root canal therapy, night gurards for clenching, medicated fillings, and extractions when necessary.