Sedation Dentistry in Houston

Many people shy away from seeking help with dental or oral health issues due to dental phobia. However, anxiety should not discourage you from visiting your dentist when you need to. At West University Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry in Houston to calm your fears and ease the discomfort of dental treatments. Whether you're facing a dental phobia or a fear of pain, our sedation dentistry can help you overcome these issues.

It is our goal to offer quality services that empower you to take care of your oral health. We have a team of experienced professionals who can administer sedation medication safely so you can be comfortable throughout your treatment. We want to make visiting our dental office a positive experience so you can get the care you need to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Get in touch with us today for gentle and comfortable dental treatments.


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help you relax and reduce anxiety associated with dental procedures. You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you have sensitive teeth, a sensitive gag reflex, fear of needles or pain, general anxiety about visiting the dentist, or feel claustrophobic while in the dentist's chair. You can also get sedation dentistry if you are less sensitive to local anesthesia, have trouble controlling your movements, or have special needs.

Here are some of the benefits sedation dentistry has to offer:

Anxiety relief: The most significant benefit of sedation dentistry is its ability to eliminate your fear or anxiety of dentist visits and procedures. With sedation, you can relax and enjoy more comfortable dental treatment.

Quick procedure: Without anxiety triggers, you can cooperate throughout, making treatment quicker and promoting successful results. It also allows you to complete more treatments in few dentist visits, thus saving you time.

No gag reflex: Sedation dentistry allows you to relax and reduces the gag reflex during treatment.

A comfortable experience: Extensive dental procedures like extractions can be uncomfortable even with local anesthetics. Sedation dentistry reduces discomfort and allows us to maximize your comfort during your treatment.

Sedation Dentistry Services for Your Needs

Dental visits can trigger anxiety in both kids and adults. We provide sedation dentistry in Houston to alleviate your fears and help you relax so you can go through your treatment without worry. We offer the following sedation options depending on your needs.

  • Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, provides mild to moderate sedation to keep you calm and relaxed during your treatment. You inhale the gas through a nosepiece or mask to feel its effects, which occur after about five minutes. Our dentist will determine the amount of sedation you need and make adjustments as necessary. Since the sedation wears off just as quickly, you can drive back home after your treatment and resume normal activities as recovery allows. We provide nitrous oxide for both kids and adults, and it is safe for all ages.
  • IV sedation: We work with a certified anesthesiologist to administer IV sedation for deep relaxation during your treatment. The sedation medication is administered directly to the veins via an IV line to alleviate severe anxiety and help you through more complex procedures. You may fall asleep during treatment and have little to no recollection of your dental procedure once you wake up. Our team will monitor your condition throughout your treatment and adjust the dose accordingly. We offer IV sedation only to adults.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

We know that you likely have questions about sedation dentistry and what your options are, and we're happy to provide any information you need. Some common questions we receive include:

How safe is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is safe when given by an experienced professional. We work with a specialist to ensure the correct administration of your IV sedation. Our dentist will also evaluate your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate. Patients with medical conditions like obstructive sleep apnea or obesity may experience complications after sedation. You should, therefore, provide honest information about your medical history to safeguard your health.

Dental sedation has mild side effects that go away a few hours after your procedure. You may experience drowsiness or sleepiness, dry mouth, fogginess, and headaches. Sedation may also cause mild memory loss, and you may not remember the details of your treatment. For most dental patients, the benefits of sedation dentistry outweigh its side effects.

The type of sedation you get will determine whether you can drive after your treatment. If you get nitrous oxide, you can drive after treatment as it wears off quickly. IV sedation is stronger and takes time to wear off, making driving after your treatment unsafe. Make plans for someone to take you home after oral or IV sedation.

Get the Care You Need With Sedation Dentistry in Houston

At West University Dentistry, your safety and comfort are our priority. If you struggle with anxiety or have previous unpleasant experiences with dentist visits, our Houston sedation dentistry can help you conquer your fears. Our team does all we can to create a calm, welcoming dental environment so that you can feel at ease at every step of your dental care. Whether you need complex treatment or just a little help getting through a routine dental cleaning, our caring staff are here for you. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment and enjoy more comfortable dental treatments!



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West University Dentistry is a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Houston, Texas, specializing in porcelain crowns, veneers, implants, dentures, teeth whitening, laser gum therapy, sedation and more. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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