Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option used in modern dentistry, practiced by highly trained doctors who can help a patient to virtually sleep through their procedures. This treatment option can help those with dental fears, turn multiple appointments into a single visit, and even help patients who have difficulty with conventional local anesthesia. It's a wonderful option for so many patients - ask us about incorporating this into your next appointment. We utilize both oral and intravenous sedation in our practice.
A board certified anesthesiologist becomes part of our team for the period in which intravenous sedation is administered. The anesthesiologists chosen to administer outpatient IV sedation are chosen because they are ideally qualified to manage this type of dental appointment.
How does it work?
For oral sedation, patients take prescribed oral medication prior to treatment, leaving them relaxed and extremely comfortable. Our team monitors your vital signs, and you are never left alone. You will still be awake enough to respond to the doctor, but will be much more comfortable for treatment. You must have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
For intravenous (IV) sedation, board certified anesthesiologist will review patient medical history, consult with their physician if necessary, and completely manage the anesthesia care. IV sedation gives the ultimate in safety and control when needed for dental care. You must have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
Will I feel anything?
Sedation dramatically reduces the body's natural tendency to tense muscles while stressed, helping you to feel relaxed and at ease. Dental anesthetics are more effective while the body is relaxed, eliminating most of your concerns about discomfort during treatment. We will prescribe medicines appropriate to your situation for postoperative discomfort.
Who can benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
All sorts of patients can benefit! Do you
- Have excess fears about dental appointments?
- Have difficulty achieving sufficient numbness?
- Have a strong gag reflex?
- Have highly sensitive teeth?
- Dislike the noises and smells associated with the dental office?
- Hate needles and shots?
- Have complex dental problems that will otherwise take several visits to complete?
- Wish to have a comprehensive smile redesign?
- If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask us about sedation for your next appointment!
Cosmetic Dentistry is a specialized field that requires extensive knowledge and experience to be done correctly. The Medical Center Dental Group in Houston, Texas brings all of that and more to the direct benefit of each and every patient we treat. Although we are located in the world famous Houston Medical Center at Scurlock Towers, we routinely see dental patients who travel from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Midland Texas to see Dr. Dale Brant, Dr. Charles Campbell or Dr. Elizabeth OSullivan-Winslow for their cosmetic denistry services.