Sedation Dentistry / Sleep Dentistry
Has fear kept you from getting the dental treatment that you need? If so, then Sedation Dentistry may be what you are looking for. Here at Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists, we offer two different options for your sedation: Oral Conscious Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide (N2O).
Sedation Dentistry in Houston, TX
At Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists in Houston Texas, we have two different options for sedation:
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
Prior to any sedation, we discuss your medical history to make sure you are a good candidate for sedation, as well as all options for treatment.
In addition to helping you overcome your fear and anxiety, another advantage of sedation dentistry is that decreases your anxiety and allow to experience to be quick and painless for you. We also provide blankets, neck pillows, and an overhead TV with Netflix and HBO.
Am I A Candidate For Sedation Dentistry
Sedation can help a patient overcome anxiety or a bad experience with dentistry in the past. Sedation could be an excellent option for you if you have:
- Extreme fearfulness about the dentist
- A strong gag reflex
- A substantial amount of dental treatment that needs to be done
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral Sedation involves taking a medication for anxiety, usually a pill like Valium, about 30 minutes to an hour prior to the start of your procedure. You will be drowsy, but still able to respond to instructions and communicate with Dr. Natalie Diangani.
How Long Does Oral Sedation Last
The effects of oral sedation last anywhere from four to six hours after their appointment. You must have a responsible adult drive you to and from the appointment and be present to assist you for the rest of the day.
What Is Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide is a colorless odorless gas that relaxes and reduces anxiety. It is a form of minimal sedation and is inhaled through a specific mask during a dental procedure.
It is mild, and patients are able to respond and speak normally. You are fully awake, but laughing gas allows you to be much more relaxed. The effects usually wear off in five to seven minutes after the procedure. Laughing gas a relatively safe form of sedation that is great for children and adults.