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Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

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Does talking about dentistry cause anxiety to creep from your head to toe? If so, sedation dentistry could be just the solution. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from fear or anxiety concerning a trip to the dentist. Thus, many people fail to get the dental treatment they need resulting in more significant health issues. Sedated dental care helps take the fear, anxiety, and reflux issues out of visits to the dentist's office to offer the care patients need. Contact Lovett Dental today at 832-804-7427 for more information about your dental treatment options.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a simple addition to standard general dentistry procedures that use anesthesia to eliminate the over-thinking, worry, and displeasure. There are multiple options for sedation that depend on the process. The most noninvasive is the use of nitrous oxide. This gas, sometimes known as "laughing gas," allows patients to experience less pain and discomfort while remaining coherent and awake. Nitrous oxide sedation wears off quickly enough for patients to drive home on their own.

Other means of sedation dentistry include oral sedative pills, intravenous sedatives, and general anesthesia. Oral sedatives can be prescribed for the patient to take before the procedure or surgery. Intravenous sedation (administered through an IV during the procedure) allows doctors to control the sedation's length and strength. General anesthesia removes all potential pain and nervous system responses during the procedure. Once our team has administers the medicine, it puts the patient to sleep for the surgery's length, and they do not feel a thing. These are simple practices that are helping patients receive the dental work they need every day.

Does It Work?

Many of our patients are choosing sedation for their procedures. Sedation dentistry has proven dramatically beneficial, not just with apprehensive patients but also with other reactive medical needs. Even if dental patients do not carry overwhelming concern, the absence of pain and discomfort during the procedure makes sedation a popular choice. Other patients have issues opening their mouth fully or have sensitive gag reflexes.

Temporary sedation has proven to ease the process and typically eliminate these issues. This service makes for a much quicker and easier visit and a more successful cleaning, filling, or other dental procedure.

Patients who have experienced sedated dental care have gained trust and comfort in dental processes and are not procrastinating future cleanings and procedures. These patients prove that sedation methods are helping provide better dental care and help maintain healthy teeth.

What Does Sedation Cost at Lovett Dental?

The total cost for sedation dentistry varies depending on the procedure taking place. However, in most cases, the added cost is minimal for the value that it provides. Our office can help you determine which sedatives are covered under your insurance and which would require out of pocket payment. The longer you wait to have dental work completed, the more intensive the needed work will become. It's best to treat the issue before it becomes extensive. Sedation can help make that process much more manageable.

Is Sedation the Right Option for Me?

Sedation dental care is offered across a wide range of procedures and dental processes. Whether it's a cleaning or a surgery, there are options that will help eliminate the fear and worry that can sometimes be involved. Our doctors are intentional about providing you the best care while in our hands. We offer a range of treatments, including:

If you have questions about whether sedation is right for your procedure, give Lovett Dental office a call at 832-804-7427 or schedule an appointment online today. Our staff members are trained to help you understand every available option and guide you in making the best decision for your health.