Can a Sedative Help You Cope with Dental Anxiety?

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?Does the mere mention of dentistry leave you in cold sweats? Has it been years since you were last able to take a seat in a dental chair, all because of severe dental fear? Did an urban legend about dentistry gone wrong ruin your ability to seek treatment calmly?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to talk with your dentist about the potential benefits or sedation. You probably already know that sedation can help keep you comfortable during extensive restorative treatments, but did you know that it can also be used to help keep you calm leading up to and during many dental procedures? This allows even very anxious patients to get the dental care they need without all the worry they could do without.

What Sedation Is Right for You?

IV Sedation is the most invasive form of sedation. Therefore, it is generally only recommended for patients undergoing extensive treatment or those with physical issues that make sitting still for any stretch of time difficult.

For those with dental anxiety, other options are generally sufficient at helping to calm their fears.

  • You may have received nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas) before, either during an extensive cleaning or some form of restorative treatment. If so, you know that this sedative can be highly effective at keeping patients calm and relaxed. That is why many dentists offer this form of sedation for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, as well as those undergoing treatment that might otherwise be uncomfortable.
  • Of course, some patients may prefer the ease of an oral sedative, which can create similarly calming results. An oral sedative can help put patients at ease before their procedure begins, and also prevents pain during treatment itself.


Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our sedation dentistry office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

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