At Space Age Smiles we offer sedation dentistry at our Houston area dental office. There are several types of sedation dentistry and in this blog we will go over the kinds that are offered at Space Age Smiles Clear Lake Dentist.
We use nitrous oxide in our sedation dentistry in Clear Lake Texas.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Space Age Smiles, dentist in Houston, offers different levels of sedation dentistry based on your needs. Factors like your level of anxiety, the length of your procedure, your health history and personal preferences will help us decide together what level of sedation is best for you. During your procedure, we will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels to ensure you are safe and comfortable the entire time.
Good Things About Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Laughing gas makes dental treatments much less painful.
- The laughing gas administration method is relatively easy.
- Nitrous oxide sedation has been used in dentistry for centuries.
An English chemist named Joseph Priestly first invented the laughing gas in 1793.
- The effects are easily controlled.
- It works very fast, in about 2 or 3 minutes.
- It is extremely safe for the brain, heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
Nitrous oxide is very healthy and hurts none of the internal organs. In fact, when administered by a doctor, the only real risks of using nitrous oxide are the disorienting effects — meaning you could slip or fall if you stand too quickly. Fortunately, these symptoms only last for 3-5 minutes after the end of administration. You won’t feel any “hangover” symptoms from the nitrous oxide and after the treatment you will be able to drive yourself home safely.
Nitrous Oxide is great if…
- You feel anxiety about your dental appointment.
- You can’t stop gagging when the dentist puts instruments in your mouth.
- You have special health care needs.
- You have extreme teeth sensitivity.
Using nitrous oxide allows the patient to be relaxed for their dental procedure. This makes it easier for Dr. Darcey to do her job, and often the procedure time is reduced because we are able to work faster when our patients are relaxed and comfortable.
Nitrous oxide is perfect for young patients, disabled patients and patients with dental anxiety — the calming and numbing effects work quickly and no needles are required!
Contact us at Space Age Smiles today to schedule your next dental appointment, and let us know if you are interested in receiving any of our sedation services. After their first sedation dentistry appointment, many of our patients were able to overcome their fear of the dentist and no longer need the nitrous oxide for their visits. We look forward to helping you too!