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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry services offered in Tomball, TX

If you’re anxious about visiting the dentist, you’re in good company. As Kenneth Tran, DDS, and Nikki Korloo, DDS, and the experienced dental team at Tropical Dental Care in Tomball, Texas, know, up to 15% of Americans struggle with dental phobias. Creating a relaxing, comfortable environment is essential to combat dental anxiety. That’s why the team offers multiple sedation options at their office. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to promote relaxation before a dental procedure. The team at Tropical Dental Care offers multiple sedation techniques to ensure your experience is comfortable and stress-free. Sedation dentistry is ideal for individuals with dental anxieties or phobias that prevent them from seeking regular oral health care.

Are there different types of sedation dentistry?

Tropical Dental Care offers several popular and effective forms of sedation dentistry, including:

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that you can inhale with oxygen through a mask to promote relaxation. The most common form of conscious sedation, nitrous oxide works as soon as you inhale it and wears off within minutes of removing the mask. It’s the only type of sedation that allows you to drive yourself home after taking it.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a pill about 40 minutes to one hour before your procedure. While you remain conscious throughout the procedure, you may not be aware of your surroundings. You must coordinate a ride home after your procedure, as it can take more than an hour for the effects to wear off.

IV sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation delivers medication directly into your bloodstream through a catheter. You are conscious during the procedure, but may fall asleep. Once the procedure is over, you must have a trusted friend or relative drive you home.

After a comprehensive evaluation, the team can help determine the appropriate type of sedation dentistry for your comfort and procedure.

Who should consider sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can help you cope with potentially uncomfortable dental procedures. The team may recommend a sedative if you:

  • Have dental anxiety
  • Are too scared to visit the dentist
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Struggle to sit still

If you have a medical condition or sensitivity to noise and sensation that prevents you from seeking dental care, sedation can help you get the treatment you need. The team works with you to determine whether you’re a candidate for sedation.

Call Tropical Dental Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about sedation dentistry.