Dental sedation is useful for patients who require extensive dental treatment, and it may be necessary for patients who exhibit various levels of dental fear/phobia. Anxiety and fear about visiting the dentist can often be alleviated with sedation, granting fearful patients enough courage and comfort to receive the dental care they need.
At Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, we work closely with an expert anesthesiologist to provide the right level of dental sedation for every patient that qualifies for it. For more information about sedation options and curbing anxiety before and during your appointment, please call 281-320-2000 for assistance at one of our state-of-the-art dental offices in Spring.
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. 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 still remain conscious and responsive throughout your procedure.
However, the effects 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 medication and vital signs throughout the procedure, and, though you will remain conscious, your memory of your visit may be foggy afterwards.
Whether you’re nervous about an upcoming treatment or you experience dental anxiety about visiting your dentist in general, the right sedation option can help! Schedule an appointment by calling 281-320-2000 to visit one of our experienced sedation dentists in Spring, TX. We are pleased to be a comfortable, safe dental office for patients in and The Woodlands, Conroe, Tomball, Magnolia and other areas.