Sedation Dentistry in Houston, TX
For many patients, a trip to the dentist is a perfectly pleasant opportunity to improve the health and appearance of their smiles. However, if you suffer from a fear of the dentist (dentophobia), then making and attending your dental appointment can feel like an insurmountable challenge. If you are familiar with that kind of dental anxiety, take comfort in the knowledge that you are far from alone. Research suggests that between 13% to 24% of people around the world feel this fear. To help you feel more comfortable about receiving the care you need, Terrific Teeth is committed to providing a superb, calming dental experience. Sedation dentistry is tool we can use to accomplish just that.
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Defeat Dental Anxiety and Enjoy a Stress-Free Visit
We offer a variety of in-house dental sedation services for your convenience. These range from laughing gas all the way up to IV sedation. The Terrific Teeth team has extensive training in dental sedation. We are here to ensure your appointment goes as smoothly as possible and is very relaxing. Schedule a consultation with our sedation dentist, Dr. Roger Flippen, by contacting us online or calling our office in Houston, TX (832-930-7751) to learn more about how we can help!
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to put you at ease during a dental procedure. Sedation is a safe, easy way for Dr. Flippen to provide a relaxing experience that empowers you to be more confident and comfortable while receiving treatment. Dr. Flippen works with you to customize your treatment plan to help remove any anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions you may typically experience at the dental clinic.
How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?
Generally speaking, the time frame can be as short as 30 minutes to as long as several hours depending on your situation and the type of dental sedation treatment you received.
Our Dental Sedation Services in Houston, TX
Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a safe, effective sedation option. Our sedation dentist, Dr. Flippen, is an expert in how to properly administer this treatment option. As you breathe, you will feel increasingly relaxed. Laughing gas can make you feel more comfortable throughout your dental appointment.
Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation delivers the medication directly into your bloodstream, usually through a vein in your arm or a hand. Also known as “twilight sedation,” you will feel the effects of the sedatives nearly instantaneously, but they will only last for the duration of the procedure. This is a highly effective method of managing dental anxiety or fear. It is especially common for more invasive procedures, like a root canal, wisdom teeth removal, or dental implants.
Oral sedation dentistry derives its name from the role that orally consuming the medication plays. It uses a pill or a solution that you ingest to reduce hyperactivity in the parts of the brain that are responsible for fear and anxiety. Depending on the dosage, the effects can range from mild to moderate. Oral sedation dentistry is a popular option for patients because it is easy for the dentist to administer, requires no needles, and allows for you to remain responsive throughout your visit.
What Does It Feel Like to Be on Laughing Gas?
When our Dr. Flippen begins the process, it only takes a few moments to begin taking the edge off of your nervousness. Some patients report that they feel slightly distracted. It is not uncommon to simply feel happy while receiving the laughing gas treatment. A small number of patients might become so relaxed that they begin to doze off. This level of total relaxation makes it much easier to let go of any negative emotions related to your dental procedure.
Is Laughing Gas Safe at the Dentist?
Laughing gas is a perfectly safe and very common option for your sedation dentist to pursue. Patients are able to drive themselves to and from appointments after their visit. Nitrous oxide usually does not affect cognitive or motor abilities, which is part of why it is such a popular dental inhalation sedation option.
Ready to Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist?
Your comfort and peace of mind are absolute priorities for our team, and we will do everything we can to guarantee you enjoy a relaxing experience when you visit our dental office in Houston, TX. Thanks to our team’s deep expertise, you can rest assured that your time in the dentist’s chair will be safe and painless. Find out what our Dr. Flippen and Terrific Teeth can do for you by calling our office at (832-930-7751) or contacting us online today!
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