Dental Sedation FAQ

June 19, 2019

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At Heritage Dental, we understand that dental anxiety is a real and serious problem for many patients. That’s why offer sedation options for those that are sensitive to pain or who get nervous or fearful before and during dental appointments. If you have questions about sedation and what to expect, we have the answers here.

What Is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is the general term used to describe medication that helps to soothe the nerves and/or numb pain during dental treatment. At our Katy dental office, we offer a few different types of sedation to suit the needs of our patients.

What Types of Sedation Are Available?

Nitrous oxide, known commonly as “laughing gas”, is one such option we offer. It is a sweet-smelling gas that produces a euphoric, calming sensation when inhaled. The effects wear off within minutes, making it safe for children and adults. Oral-conscious sedation refers to a pill taken prior to the appointment that reduces anxiety, allowing the patient to be relaxed during their dental visit. Finally, an innovative advancement in dentistry called the Wand gradually delivers anesthesia to create a gentle numbing sensation.

What Are the Effects of Sedation?

With nitrous oxide, the effects wear off very quickly. But it can take a little more time for the effects of oral conscious sedation and the Wand to wear off and have full feeling restored in the mouth and your full mental faculties. When you’re preparing for your appointment or procedure, ask us about what to expect for your specific circumstance and whether we recommend having someone drive you home.

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Who Can Use It?

Children can safely use nitrous oxide, and we recommend all three options for adults, depending on their needs and health history.

How Can I Get It?

Ask us at your next appointment which dental sedation option may be best for you. We can help you choose an effective and safe sedation option for your situation, and will walk you through how you can prepare to receive dental sedation.

Receive Calming Dental Sedation at Heritage Dental!

If you have additional questions about our dental sedation options for you or a family member, contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have to put your mind at ease and to help your next dental appointment be as stress-free as possible.