What is Sedation Dentistry?
Do you feel fearful, anxious and uneasy about going to the dentist? If so, you are not alone. Dental phobias and anxieties are not all that uncommon, and sedation dentistry can help you feel relaxed and worry-free during your appointment at the practice of Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA.
The goal of sedation dentistry is to provide you with some form of sedation where you are either in a conscious state, but sedated, or in a sleeping state. There are a few forms of dental sedation:
- Pill form – oral sedatives
- IV sedation administered by an anesthesiologist
- Nitrous oxide – laughing gas
These forms of sedation offer various levels of relaxation. Nitrous oxide provides the most mild sedation and wears off quickly after the breathing mask is removed. Oral conscious sedation allows you to remain awake and responsive, but deeply relaxed. You may feel like you are about to fall asleep after taking the sedation pill.
IV sedation generally provides deeper levels of sedation, even to the point of being asleep if necessary. A certified anesthesiologist will administer the intravenous medication. Dr. Konig offers an anesthetic reversal agent called OraVerse so that you can recover from anesthesia as quickly as possible.
Who May Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
As an extensively experienced dentist, Dr. Konig wants to hear about your questions and concerns and help you decide if a sedation method may be right for you. Some of the reasons people seek out relaxation dentistry are:
- Fear of the dentist
- Past traumatic dental experiences
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Physical discomfort when lying in the treatment chair
- Need to have multiple dental treatments completed in one appointment
- Fear of needles, tooth extractions, certain dental tools or certain dental procedures
For many of our patients, sedation has been an effective way to let go of feelings of fear, anxiety, loss of control and other negative feelings that arise in response to dental treatment. Only an experienced and caring dentist like Dr. Konig can determine if oral sedation or IV sedation may be a good fit for you.
To find out if the sedation dentistry services at our dental practice are right for you, please call our office at 713-668-2289. We serve Houston and all of the surrounding areas, including Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.