Overcoming Your Dental Fear with Sedation Dentistry

Overcoming Your Dental Fear with Sedation Dentistry

Jul 23, 2018

Does the thought of visiting the dentist send a chill down your spine? Are you or a loved one affected by dental anxiety? At Harmony Dental, we are proud to offer sedation dentistry in Pearland, TX for our patients that are interested in a more calming and relaxing experience at the dental office. Depending upon the severity of dental anxiety, we have a variety of forms of sedation dentistry. We often recommend sedation dentistry for:

  • Patients who experience dental anxiety
  • Patients with tooth sensitivity/discomfort
  • Patients who need extensive dental treatments
  • Patients with a strong pharyngeal reflex
  • Patients with low pain tolerance

Inhaled Sedation

With inhaled or “laughing gas” sedation dentistry, laughing gas mixed with oxygen is delivered to the patient using a tiny face mask which is placed over the nose. Within a few minutes, patients should feel a euphoric, calming, and relaxed feeling. Once treatment is completed, laughing gas sedation quickly wears off, allowing patients to resume their day-to-day activities.

Oral Sedation

With oral sedation, the patient is provided with oral medication (such as valium or another medication used for anxiety) prior to their visit. The medication is taken and will provide anxiety relief in about an hour. With oral sedation, patients remain awake and conscious however they may not remember the entire treatment. Following treatment, those that opt for oral sedation will need a ride back from their appointment. We recommend taking it easy for the rest of the day.

IV Sedation

With IV sedation, medication is administered to the patient intravenously provided extremely quick sedation. Within a few moments patients experience a strong sedative effect which may put the patient to sleep. Following IV sedation, a ride is needed to return home from treatment safely. We recommend taking it easy for the rest of the day.

Schedule Sedation Dentistry in Pearland

Think that you’d benefit from sedation dentistry in Pearland, TX? Schedule your appointment with Harmony Dental today!

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