If you feel extreme levels of anxiety or fear at the prospect of having dental work, you are not alone. In fact, millions of Americans do not have necessary dental procedures because they are too nervous about the actual treatment process. The good news is, Houston dentist Wayde Fawcett, DDS offers innovative dental techniques to help relieve you of dental anxiety and experience a comfortable, even pleasant, dental treatment.
Sedation dentistry, also known as “sleep dentistry”, at our practice involves a simple and effective technique to help you relax during your dental treatment. For patients needing a little extra help relaxing, these methods can alleviate a lot of the anxieties you may be susceptible to.
- Light Sedation (Anxiolysis) – To reduce mild levels of anxiety you may have about undergoing treatment, nitrous oxide gas can be administered. This form of sedation is designed to soften apprehensions, calm your nerves, and allow you to relax during your appointment.
- Moderate Sedation – With a dose of sedative medication (oral conscious sedation), you will be placed into a state of deep, yet conscious relaxation. You will likely not fall into a deep sleep; however, you should be so relaxed that you may not even remember the procedure taking place once it’s complete. One of our team members will be monitoring your progress throughout the treatment to make sure everything is running smoothly.
- Deep Sedation – This level of sedation induces depressed consciousness, which is a state between conscious and unconscious sedation (general anesthesia). Deep sedation may be accomplished with either IV sedation techniques or anesthesia medications. You should feel no pain during treatment and will not be able to respond to either verbal, or physical prompts. Our team will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure that everything is proceeding smoothly while you are sedated. Upon awakening, you should have no recollection of the procedure. For both moderate and deep sedation techniques, patients will need to arrange a ride to and from the office as the effects of the medication will linger for a while.
Contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, P.A.
For more information on sedation dentistry and ways in which you can achieve a more comfortable dental procedure, please contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry.