Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry at Royal Dental in Houston Texas

Patients who become overly anxious during dental treatments can now feel more comfortable through sedation dentistry. An oral medication is provided to these patients prior to a dental procedure to help them relax. The medication may make the patient sleepy, but they can be easily aroused if they need to respond to the dentist’s commands.

What medication is used in sedation dentistry?

There are many safe and popular oral medications that can help the patient relax during a dental treatment. In some cases, nitrous oxide gas may also be used.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is typically used for patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety during dental treatments. Nitrous oxide relieves their anxiety and allows them to relax so they can receive their treatments comfortably.

How does nitrous oxide work?

To administer nitrous oxide, a small mask is placed over the patient’s nose. As the gas is breathed in, the patient becomes calm but can remain awake. Upon turning off the gas, its sedation effects wear off almost immediately.

Does sedation dentistry have any side effects?

Some medications may cause nausea or vomiting. Before your appointment where you will require sedation, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, along with what to expect and watch out for after treatment. You may require assistance when you get home after a procedure involving sedation. You may also have to stay in the dentist’s office for a short observation after your dental treatment.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Oral sedation properly administered by a qualified dental professional is the safest form of sedation. Royal Dental is certified and inspected for safety and makes use of the latest monitoring equipment on all of our procedures. Plus, a trained dentist or staff member will always be present to attend to you.

Will I still need a local anesthetic like Novocain for invasive dental procedures?

The goal of oral sedation is to take the edge off, lessening your anxiety heading into your procedure. It is not general anesthesia, however, which blocks pain in the area being treated. You will always need a local anesthetic for invasive dental procedures.

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