Does visiting the dentist make you stressed? “Dental phobia” is common; 9–15% of Americans actively avoid the dentist out of fear. We understand why. Dental anxiety can be intense, oftentimes manifesting as panic. If you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, you must understand, however, that not visiting the dentist puts your oral health in danger. Persons with a phobia of the dentist are more likely to suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. These issues can easily grow into greater problems, which is why it’s important to seek dental attention earlier rather than later.
Fortunately, Drs. Bret Davis and Rick Kline at our Sugar Land, TX practice are sedation dentistry providers. If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, sedation dentistry can help soothe your worries. We offer a variety of sedation options, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation, for which you can find more information below. With sedation dentistry, you can benefit from the stress-free treatment you deserve.
Fear the Dentist? Explore Sedation Dentistry
If you suffer from tooth loss, it’s important to have any missing teeth replaced before the condition leads to further dental problems. These complications can include tooth decay and gum disease, both of which are issues which those with dental phobia are especially prone to. Tooth loss can also lead to jawbone deterioration, which over the long-term can lead to a change in facial appearance and the premature wrinkling of the skin around the jawline. Dental implants can help protect you from these health problems, and can even help reverse the effects.
We understand if your fear of dentistry, however, forms an impediment to seeking treatment. That’s why we seek to make your visit as comfortable and worry-free as possible, offering various forms of sedation dentistry to help soothe your anxiety. Sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep; during the treatment you will be awake and you will even be able to respond to questions. This supplemental treatment simply puts you in a state of deep relaxation, allowing you to enjoy your new smile without having to worry about your phobia.
Sedation dentistry is safe and effective. While most dentists can administer minimal sedation, other forms of sedation must be administered by specially trained individuals. Few dental professionals have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) program. At Smile Texas you know your smile is in safe, trained hands. Our credentials and our ability to provide deep sedation speak for themselves.
Minimal Sedation — Nitrous Oxide
You’ve probably heard of “laughing gas.” That’s the fun name for nitrous oxide, mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask fitting along your nose. This form of sedation provides light relaxation, sufficiently light to allow you to drive home after the procedure. During the treatment, your dentist will be able to control the amount of nitrous oxide delivered and the effects of the gas last only a relatively short while.
This type of sedation is accomplished through an orally administered sedative, usually in the form of a pill. The dose of the pill can be regulated by the dentist, and will vary depending on the treatment the patient is undergoing. Oral sedation can make the patient feel drowsy and groggy, sometimes causing the patient to fall asleep during the procedure, although typically a light shake is all that is necessary to awake the patient.
This form of sedation is delivered intravenously and usually relaxes the patient much more quickly than alternative forms of sedation. During the procedure, Drs. Kline and Davis can regulate the amount of sedation delivered to the patient, using advanced equipment to monitor the patient. IV sedation is a popular option for dental implant candidates because of the typically stronger effects, compared to minimal and oral sedation.
Learn More About Our Sugar Land Sedation Services
If you suffer from tooth loss and dental phobia, sedation dentistry may be a good option to explore. By opting for sedation dentistry, you can receive the treatment you need without being overcome by stress or anxiety. If you would like to learn more about this service, please contact our Sugar Land practice to speak to a member of our kind staff: 832-500-3935.