Have you been avoiding dental care due to fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist? If so, you certainly are not alone. We meet patients every day who are experiencing some sort of uncomfortable feeling surrounding dental treatment. This fear or anxiety may be due to a childhood trauma or previous bad experience — or nothing at all. Regardless of your situation, we can help. If you are one of many patients who are scared of the dentist, we can use dental sedation to help you get the care you need.

At the Antoine Dental Center, we offer dental sedation to help patients get the dental care they desperately need. If you haven’t seen a dental health care provider in ages and need treatment now, let our Houston, TX team help you. In the blog, we will discuss the basics of dental sedation and how they can help you in any situation. For more information or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office any time.

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation is the practice of using certain types of medication to help patients relax during dental appointments. At the Antoine Dental Center, we offer three different levels of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Each is used in different situations and for different types of patients. Regardless of your level of fear or anxiety, we can help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your appointment.

How can dental sedation help me?

Dental sedation can help you get the care you need despite your fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist. If you have been avoiding routine care, please know that we can help you feel comfortable. Save yourself lots of time, money, pain, and hassle in the future by taking care of your small dental problems now — before they turn into larger issues. We can solve all of your current issues (by helping you stay comfortable with dental sedation) and help you avoid the need for more extensive dental work in the future.

As mentioned above, we offer three different levels of dental sedation. Let’s talk about each of these options and how they can help you stay comfortable in every situation.

Nitrous oxide. We use nitrous oxide for patients who need just a little bit of help relaxing during appointments. This type of sedation is also known as laughing gas, and is safe for use with patients of all ages. It creates a sense of euphoria and mild relaxation. If you have just a little bit of nerves and are undergoing a relatively uncomplicated procedure, nitrous oxide sedation may be right for you.

Oral conscious sedation. We use this form of sedation for patients who are undergoing longer or more complicated dental procedure. We also use it if you need more help relaxing than nitrous oxide can provide. Oral conscious sedation is ingested by mouth and creates a grogginess that still allows you to respond during your visit. You will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the office if you choose this method of sedation. Talk to our team to determine if oral conscious sedation is right for you.

IV sedation. This is our highest level of sedation and is used for patients who are phobic or who are undergoing very long or complicated procedures. IV sedation creates a deep level of relaxation — you won’t remember anything from the procedure. Talk to our team to learn more about IV sedation and how it can help you stay comfortable.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If you are ready to get the dental care you may desperately need, please contact our Houston, TX office to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 713-364-8990. We would be happy to help you find a date and time that works well with your personal schedule. Even if you experience high level of fear or anxiety, our team can help you get the care you need.

With dental sedation, you will be able to get the preventive and maintenance care you need to have a happy, healthy smile for life. Let your friends at the Antoine Dental Center help — we can’t wait to hear from you!


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