Many people are anxious about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry can help calm these nerves and alleviate pain during dental procedures. At Prestigious Smiles in North Houston, we offer both oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation.
Oral conscious sedation is a form of sedation where you remain awake and responsive during the procedure. It’s safe, easy, and pain-free thanks to a local anesthetic that guarantees you won’t feel anything while the dentist is working on your teeth. You might not remember the procedure after it’s finished.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is one of the most common forms of sedation dentistry. This is a gas that’s inhaled through a mask, causing feelings of relaxation and euphoria and removing any pain or anxiety you might otherwise feel. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly after your procedure so there is no downtime.
You might not be able to drive yourself home after dental sedation depending on what type is administered, so it’s important that a responsible adult accompany you to and from the procedure. While you are sedated, you will be monitored the entire time to make sure the sedation remains at a safe and comfortable level.
Dental sedation is covered by most insurance companies and is an option for anyone who has dental anxiety. To talk to your dentist about whether sedation is right for you, call our North Houston office today.