How Sedation Fits With Dental Care

Good dental care is all about tooth brushing and occasional dental x-rays….isn’t it? Actually there are many sides to good dental hygiene practices. Part of it is what you do at home: the brushing and flossing, plus good habits like limiting sugary drinks and not crunching on ice. Another side of good dental care is what happens during dental office visits. And when anxiety or fear of discomfort is keeping you from seeing your dentist, proper dental sedation services can make a difference.

Your Dentist Has Sedation Options

The choices for sedation are not simply “awake” or “asleep.” Some patients find the most benefit from the mildest sedation: nitrous oxide. This colorless, odorless gas is inhaled for a comfortable, at ease, slightly euphoric feeling. This relaxed feeling gives it the nickname “laughing gas.” Other options for sedation include oral sedation and IV (intravenous) sedation.

Which Sedation Option is Best

Each option has specific situations for use. Nitrous oxide is helpful for general anxiety, and for procedures such as intensive dental cleanings that may be necessary for patients with periodontal issues. Your overall health and medication use may influence which sedation option is recommended or available to you. Your overall health is our first concern.

Why Sedation Matters

If you avoid appointments, your dentist cannot help you. For anxious patients, sedation makes good dental care possible. Your dentist can discuss your sedation needs, and the options available. It’s possible that your sedation options may change from visit to visit. By the way, if you are interested in scaling back on your sedation use, please let us know and we can help.

If Needed, We Can You Find a Sedation Fit

If you puzzle over dental sedation, bring your questions to us. 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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