Odontophobia, or fear of the dentist, is common among men, women, and children. This anxiety may stem from a bad experience with your last dentist, or it could be due to the vulnerability patients often feel during a dental exam or cavity filling. Our dentist understands you or a loved one may avoid dental exams and procedures because of this fear, and luckily, we offer dental sedation to ease your anxiety because untreated tooth decay, gum disease, and infection can lead to severe consequences for your oral health and the overall health of your body. Odontophobia is easily alleviated with sedation dentistry, which gives our patients the courage and comfort they need to receive essential dental treatments.
Whether you’re nervous about an upcoming treatment or you experience dental anxiety about visiting your dentist in general, the right oral sedation can help! Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Stephens Gatewood & Associates near you at (281) 320-2000, and ask us about your sedation options during your visit. We serve clients in the Houston, The Woodlands, Cypress and surrounding areas of Texas.
NITROUS OXIDE (LIGHT)
Nitrous oxide is a gas and is administered through a mask placed over the nose. It is often referred to as laughing gas due to the light level of euphoria it produces, and because the gas is exhaled immediately, its effects quickly dissolve after the mask is removed. During your consultation, ask your dentist about receiving complimentary nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION (MEDIUM)
Oral conscious sedation describes a pill or liquid medication that is taken shortly before your treatment begins. The effects are stronger than nitrous oxide, but you will remain awake and responsive throughout your procedure. However, the symptoms may take a few hours to wear off, and you should bring a responsible adult to drive you home after your appointment.
IV SEDATION (DEEP)
IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip. The medication can take effect almost immediately and is the strongest form of dental sedation that we offer. An anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure, and though you will remain conscious, your memory of your visit may be foggy afterward.
Why Choose Our Houston Dentist?
Our dentists have decades of experience in all forms of dentistry specialties. Dr. Stephens not only has the skill and expertise necessary to give you a stunning, healthy smile, but he also knows how to make even the most fearful patients feel at ease. Our many choices of dental sedation give you the opportunity to have dental care and treatments you’ve long needed in a comfortable setting with little to no discomfort.
If you experience severe anxiety during dental exams or simply when you think about going to the dentist, contact us in Houston today at (281) 320-2000 or fill out the form on this page. Stephens Gatewood & Associates serve clients in Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and nearby areas of Texas.