Sedation Dentistry

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What is sedation dentistry?

In his practice as an endodontist in Cypress and Houston TX, Dr. Morrison has seen patients who would rather put off a dental procedure because they feel so much fear of what the procedure might be like. Even if the dentist is guaranteed to be a certified practitioner and even if all the information is provided to a patient, there will always be some who cannot be calmed down by having all of the facts and the assurance that they are in good hands. Luckily, patients today have sedation dentistry as an option to help remove a patient’s anxiety and fear during treatment. Sedation dentistry involves the use of pharmacological agents that help calm down and relax a patient prior to and during a dental procedure. Using sedatives depress the areas in the central nervous system affecting conscious functions.

Should I consider sedation during dental procedures?

Sedation will be a good option to consider when:

A patient doesn’t want to be aware of what is happening during a dental procedure, then IV sedation may be administered.

A patient just needs a little help to relax then “laughing gas” can provide the relaxed feeling that you are looking for

You anticipate that the procedure would be too painful for you to tolerate then you can opt for sedation.

There are certain parts of the procedure that you fear, like needles or drilling, then talk to your doctor about sedation prior to the procedure.

You feel that the fear is unexplainable and quite irrational and cannot be eliminated by a trustworthy dentist or information about the procedure, then it’s best to explore sedation.

There are issues with the mental health of the patient that might disrupt the procedure.

The dental procedure is classified as invasive or complex then discuss sedation with your dentist.

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What are the general types of sedation available?

There are different types of sedation that patients can choose from. Each varies in strength and appropriate use so it’s best to discuss which option would be a good choice for the procedure that you are having. Below are the general types of sedation that Dr. Morrison has available for his patients in Cypress and Houston TX.

Inhalation sedation – this is also commonly known as laughing gas or nitrous oxide

Oral sedation – involves the use of anti-anxiety pills or liquid

IV Sedation – this is intra-venous sedation that is directly administered through a vein in the patient’s blood stream

General Anesthesia – being put to sleep for the duration of the dental procedure

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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.