Conquer your fears with sedation dentistry
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
While brushing and flossing your teeth every day is a good way to maintain oral health and hygiene, it is not the only step you need to take. This alone is not enough. Patients should visit their dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, and call their dentist as soon as problems arise. However, many patients deal with dental anxieties and may avoid calling their dentist for fear of the dental chair. With the team at Smile Texas, patients are urged to ask about sedation dentistry to help conquer their fears!
Why patients are afraid of the dentist
There are many reasons why patients may be fearful of visiting the dental chair. Common concerns include:
- The fear of pain and discomfort
- A fear of the unknown
- Past negative dental experiences in the past
- Concerns regarding bad dental health
- A strong or extremely sensitive gag reflex
What types of sedation are available to patients at Smile Texas?
Our professionals are pleased to offer a variety of options when it comes to sedation, including:
- Nitrous oxide – nitrous oxide is a popular choice for patients because it is simple and reversible with the administration of oxygen at the end of the procedure. Patients inhale this odorless gas through the nose and feel immense relaxation almost immediately. This option is sometimes referred to as “laughing gas.”
- Oral conscious sedation – another option is oral conscious sedation. Using a prescription medication prescribed by the dentist, patients can feel comfortable even before they arrive at the dental office. Transportation needs to be arranged for this method of sedation.
- IV sedation – patients with severe anxieties may ask about IV sedation, which administers sedatives directly into the bloodstream for a deeper sedation experience. This is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry.”
Are you interested in learning more about sedation options?
If you live in the Sugarland, TX area and are interested in working with a dentist who offers sedation dentistry for anxious or fearful individuals, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis to discuss your needs. We are conveniently located at 4665 Sweetwater Boulevard, Suite #450 and can be reached by phone at (281) 265-7645.
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