When is Dental Sedation Appropriate?

when-is-dental-sedation-appropriateDental sedation comes in a variety of types and strengths, which makes sedation dentistry customizable to every patient’s unique needs. However, not every dental treatment calls for sedation, and if it does, then your dentist will help you decide on the appropriate type and dose. In addition to helping anxious patients feel more calm and relaxed at their dentist’s office, sedation may also be appropriate in cases of complex or extensive tooth restoration. Administering the right level of sedation will help your dentist perform the procedure faster and with more accuracy while you remain comfortable and relaxed.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a much simpler and more comfortable procedure than many people realize, but it is still one of the more involved forms of restorative dentistry. The procedure involves accessing the interior chamber, or pulp, of a decaying tooth, then cleaning out the tooth’s internal structures before restoring it. If root canal therapy seems intimidating, then your dentist can recommend a form of sedation to help you relax.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction procedures are often as simple as carefully grasping a tooth, gently loosening and removing it from its socket, and in many cases, replacing the tooth with a prosthetic replacement. However, in some cases, simple tooth extraction will not suffice, such as when a wisdom tooth becomes impacted or a tooth’s root has become damaged. Surgical tooth extraction includes creating a small incision through which your dentist can access the tooth structure underneath your gum tissues. The procedure is more complex than simple extraction, and patients often opt for dental sedation to make the process faster and more comfortable.

Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants, which are small, titanium posts that support custom replacement teeth, are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Though the procedure is fairly straight-forward, implant placement is still surgery, and therefore sedation is a commonly included part of the process. For implant surgery, IV sedation (intravenous sedation) is usually the best option due to its potent sedative effects.


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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