Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry at Artistic Smiles

If you’re among the 15% of U.S. adults who avoid the dentist because you think that dental procedures are painful, then you haven’t yet experienced sedation dentistry. Whether you have a cavity, a tooth that needs to be pulled, or another problem that must be resolved to preserve your oral health, you don’t need to feel a thing.

At Artistic Smiles in Clear Lake, Dr. Gonzalez and her experienced team provide sedation dentistry that matches your needs, your degree of sensitivity, and the type of procedure you require to restore your smile and health. We’re also specialists in providing pain-free, sedation dentistry to women, men, and teens. 

Snuggle up to comfort

Even if you don’t have a fear of dentists, you still might need a little comforting before undergoing a procedure such as a root canal or dental implant, or even just a regular cleaning! If you have dental anxiety and plan to be awake for your procedure, feel free to request items such as a blanket to keep you warm and secure and bring headphones so you can bliss out to your favorite tunes.

Your dentist also helps you decide which sedation option is best for you. Not only does sedation dentistry numb the pain, but it also alleviates anxiety so you can relax. Let your dentist know if you have issues such as a strong gag reflex or sensitive teeth, which may influence the type of sedation dentistry he recommends.

Local anesthetic

If you don’t have dental fears and if your procedure is simple, a local anesthetic injected directly into the treatment site may be enough for you. If you’re nervous that it won’t be, your dentist may recommend oral premedication to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide

This inhaled sedative — commonly referred to as laughing gas — makes you feel calm and also controls pain. Although you’ll stay awake with nitrous oxide, you may not actually remember the procedure — that’s how relaxed you’ll be.

One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that it wears off completely after your treatment has been completed, so you won’t feel sleepy at all. As long as you didn’t take another sedative, too, you could even drive yourself home.

Conscious sedation

You can also opt for deeper sedation that your dentist administers with an IV. You’ll fall asleep after the IV is placed, but she’ll awaken you easily with a gentle shake once your treatment is complete. If you choose conscious sedation, you’ll need a ride home.