Pain. Athletes will commonly tell you that there’s no pain, no gain.
But what’s true on the gridiron of a football field, or on the weight bench of gym, is not true for all things in in life.
What it comes to a dentist’s office visit, the last thing you want is pain. In fact, millions of American put of needed dental work for fear of pain, every single year. This procrastination can be extremely costly in the long run; tooth decay only gets worse if left untreated, and you may face the prospect of losing a tooth if the decay gets bad enough.
We don’t want you to put off a visit to the dental office because you’re afraid of having a painful experience. At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX we take a pain-free approach to dentistry. Our approach could be summed up as the following, “Pain. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.”
In our last blog post, we tried to explain why you shouldn’t fear a visit to our office. In today’s blog post, we want to explain some of the comfort options you have for pain-free dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry takes a medical approach to helping you relax during a dental procedure. We offer different levels of sedation, as well as different forms of sedation. We offer all these services for one reason, to help you relax.
Beyond increased comfort and relaxation for the patient, Sedation Dentistry also offers helps with patient cooperation, gag reflex, and mouth control. With sedation dentistry, we can perform years worth of dental work in a single visit. This helps your smile look great in record time. Best of all, you don’t have to feel uncomfortable in the slightest during your procedure.
We offer Sedation Dentistry for every single procedure we perform, from routine dental cleanings to complicated dental bridges and veneer placement. If you need relief beyond the simple numbing of your teeth and gums, Sedation Dentistry might be the choose for you.
What Kinds of Sedation Dentistry Do You Offer?
We offer three kinds of sedation; Nitrous Oxide Sedation, Oral Sedation, and IV Sedation. We will work with you to determine which form of sedation is right for you and your health.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation is our most popular form of sedation. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide is a gentle, relaxing gas that you breathe in through a mask. It is completely safe and effective. The gas helps you feel at ease and relieves tension. However, you will still be able to respond to instructions, and if you fall asleep you can easily be awoken. The sedative effect is completely temporarily and wears off as soon as the supply of gas is ended. This leaves you able to drive home after an appointment.
Oral Sedation is another option. We prescribe you a mild sedative medicine to take before your procedure. You will likewise feel at ease during the procedure, and may experience a phenomenon known as “lost time.” Essentially that means you may not remember the procedure. This is a great middle option for people facing dental anxiety. The effect can some time to wear off, so you may need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
IV Sedation is an option if you prefer not to remember any of your procedure. With IV Sedation, you receive a sedative into your bloodstream intravenously. This is an extremely helpful for people with more intense dental phobias, bad gag reflexes, or for longer procedures. We are one of the very few dental offices in Houston that are certified to offer IV Sedation.
Whatever option you choose, our top-notch team will first determine if you are healthy enough for sedation. We will also answer any questions you may have about dental sedation, as well as your procedure. We believe effective dental work requires effective communication.
Our goal is for you to feel at ease from the moment you walk through our door, and so we offer snacks, beverages, pillows, and blankets to our patients. In addition, you can listen to music or even watch television throughout your procedure. We also promise to keep our office a lecture-free zone, so you don’t have to stress about hearing a lecture before your procedure.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to take pain out of the equation? Then contact us today to make an appointment at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. Be sure and ask us any questions you may have about Sedation Dentistry. In the 21st Century, painful dentist appointments are now a thing of the past.