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.
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.
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