Questions about Sedation Dentistry

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

What exactly is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a technique that cosmetic and restorative dentists use to create a positive experience for patients who are anxious about having dental work done. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax and undergo a pain-free treatment while remembering little or nothing after your procedure is complete.

There are two main forms of sedation dentistry that our Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young uses at Woodlands Premier Dentistry: oral sedation and inhalation sedation. Feel free to ask Dr. Young for an explanation of what to expect with sedation dentistry.

How does oral sedation dentistry work?

The most popular method of sedation dentistry, oral sedation uses medication to put you in a relaxed, dream-like state. You will technically be awake during the procedure so that you can respond to instructions, but you will feel no pain or anxiety. There are a several medications that can be used for oral sedation, but the most common ones are diazepam (Valium), zaleplon (Sonata), and triazolam.

How does inhalation sedation dentistry work?

Inhalation sedation uses a combination of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen to keep you relaxed and pain-free. Inhalation sedation works quickly, allowing you to recover immediately afterward, and is ideal for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. As with oral sedation, inhalation sedation produces an analgesic effect so you will remember little about your cosmetic dentistry procedure or general dentistry treatment.

If you are interested in learning about what sedation dentistry can do for you, please contact our Houston cosmetic dentistry office today. Dr. Young at Woodlands Premier Dentistry serves patients in Woodlands, Houston, Kingwood, and Spring, Texas.