Going to the dentist isn’t always a fun trip to make, but one that is necessary for oral health. Even with the numerous benefits of visiting a dentist, many are fearful or anxious about dentists or dental offices. Twenty-four percent of the population feel nervous or scared when thinking of going to the dentist. We are here to help not just the 24 percent, but everyone!
These fears and anxieties may be from a plethora of causes such as:
- Negative past experiences
- Dental tool noises
- Financial concerns
Don’t let fears keep you from achieving your dental goals! Make the next trip to the dentist a dream. Sedation dentistry is a growing trend within dentistry for many reasons. It isn’t hard to see why, either. The practice of sedation dentistry can help individuals with fears and anxieties feel relaxed at a dental office safely and effectively.
Forms of Sedation Dentistry
Within the practice of dentistry, sedation aims to provide a sense of calmness, whether in a conscious or sleeping state. The different forms of relaxation, ranging from mild to complete sedation, offer various levels of relaxation. Types of sedation Dr. Konig offers are:
- Oral sedatives
- IV sedation
- Nitrous oxide
Pill form sedatives allow the individual to feel deeply relaxed while remaining awake and responsive during treatments or minor surgeries. Many feel as if they are about to fall asleep after taking a sedation pill.
An IV, administered by an anesthesiologist, is the deepest form of sedation. The individual will be in a deeper level of sedation, asleep in most cases. Dentists can monitor vitals and adjust the dosage easily with the use of an IV. This type of sedation is often used for more complex or lengthy surgeries. OraVerse, an anesthetic reversal agent, is offered by Dr. Konig.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the mildest form of sedation. This gas provides relaxation to an individual when the mask is worn. The relaxing effects of nitrous oxide quickly wear off once the mask is removed.
If interested in sedation during dental treatments or services offered at our Houston office, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. We want to be of assistance in making your next trip to our dental office like a dream. To schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for sedation in Houston, TX, please call our experienced staff at 713-668-2289 or fill out our contact form.