Anxiety-free dentistry is an all-encompassing term for different kinds of medical sedation and anesthesia techniques that help ease the fear and anxiety connected with dental procedures. For many people, the very thought of visiting a dentist can incite feelings of extreme fear and anxiety, not to mention the amount of stress a more complicated dental procedure can cause.
At University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas, we provide various sedation options to ensure that you undergo your dental procedures in a calm and relaxed state of mind. The different sedation techniques will induce a dream-like state of deep relaxation and tend to last the entire duration of the dental process.
How Can Sedation Help?
- Patients who have a phobia of needles
- Fear of the drilling sound of the dental tools
- If they have a severe gag reflex
- Those who experience difficulty in getting numb
- Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- People having autism, dementia, or Parkinson’s disease
- Have complicated dental conditions
- Those who have panic disorder or anxiety
Sedation Techniques at University Oaks Dental
In this technique, you have to take a drug a couple of hours before the procedure. It is most commonly used during minor operations and causes temporary amnesia. Some patients may fall asleep during their procedure; however, they can easily be woken upon completion.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is the most standard sedation method used by dental providers. It is managed through a small breathing mask fixed directly over the patient’s nose, enabling them to inhale the gas. In this technique, the patient will be in control of their regular bodily functions and can breathe independently. Nitrous oxide sedation causes minor to no side effects. It can also be promptly exhaled from the body.
IV Conscious Sedation
In IV conscious sedation, the medication is given directly into the bloodstream. This sedation is performed under expert supervision, and its primary benefit is that the sedation level can be easily adjusted. If more sedation is required, it can also be given. Additionally, the drugs used intravenously are remarkably more effective than other sedatives.
General Anesthesia makes the patient go into a deep state of sleep during the dental treatments. When patients are put under general anesthesia, they cannot be easily awakened until the sedative wears off. This form of sedation is mainly used for performing complicated dental procedures.
If you want to learn more about our sedation options, visit our office, University Oaks Dental, at 6363 San Felipe St #200b, Houston, TX 77057. You can also reach us at (713) 461 8012.