Deer Park: Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

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Dental Fear is the second most common phobia and up to 50% of the population puts off visiting the dentist because of their fear. Dr. Nugent understands these fears and takes them very seriously. Dr. Nugent provides Sedation Dentistry utilizing Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), oral medication and a combination of nitrous and pills. Sedation Dentistry is the perfect solution to dental fear anxiety. It produces a relaxed, comfortable state in even the most frightened dental patient.

Dr. Nugent holds several permits from the State of Texas to administer needle free sedation at his Pasadena, Texas Dental Office. Sedation dentistry helps patients overcome fear, anxiety and severe gag reflexes. Sedation allows patients to be comfortable in the dental chair. Furthermore, sedation dentistry makes hours seem like minutes and most patients say they “slept” through the procedure. This allows Dr. Nugent to preform major procedures all in one visit. Another great advantage of sedation dentistry is that the medication causes patients to not remember their dental visit.

oral-sedationSedation Dentistry Questions:

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Sedation dentistry is right for you if you have: anxiety about going to the dentist, fear of dentists, strong gag reflex or need major procedures.


Is Dr. Nugent, a Pasadena dentist, qualified to perform sedation dentistry?

Pasadena dentist Dr. Nugent has been providing dental sedation and working with dental phobic patients for over ten years. He holds multiple permits from the State of Texas to preform sedation dentistry at his office.


How does sedation dentistry work?

Sedation Dentistry is a process using pharmacology methods to create a relaxed, easy, and calm state. Dr. Nugent uses nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral medication and a combination of gas and oral medication. The pills are taken at the office prior to your dental procedure. If the nitrous oxide gas is used it is administered immediately before your dental procedure.

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Does sedation dentistry put me to sleep?

NO, sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep. However, you are so relaxed and comfortable that patients feel like they are sleeping or in a dream-like state. In reality, sedation dentistry retains a level of consciousness for patient cooperation and safety. You will be so relaxed and comfortable, but if you are cold you will be able to ask for a blanket.


What is needed for a sedation dentistry appointment?

Wear loose comfortable clothes, no contacts, and no eating or drinking for 8 hours before your appointment. Ladies cannot have any nail polish on their fingers.

Nitrous oxide only sedation you do not need anyone to drive you home. The nitrous oxide is completely cleared out of you before you dental procedure is finished.

For oral medication sedation, you will arrive at our office and take your medication. After the procedure you will have a caregiver drive you home and stay with you for a couple of hours.


Sedation Dentist Pasadena, TexasIs dental sedation safe?

Absolutely! Nitrous Oxide is extremely safe and has multiple safety features built into the equipment. While on nitrous oxide you will be breathing in a greater concentration of oxygen than normal atmospheric air.

The oral medications have long safety records. Medical doctors prescribe these medications for patients to use at home with NO supervision. When you take the oral medication Dr. Nugent will be right there monitoring you. You will be attached to a machine that records and monitors your oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure.


What procedures are suitable for sedation dentistry?

Any procedure! Sedation dentistry is about making the patient as comfortable as possible. Dr. Nugent has utilized sedation for simple fillings. It is all about the patients comfort.


Does insurance pay for sedation dentistry?

Each insurance policy is different. Our wonderful team will help determine if your insurance pays for sedation. It is important to note that insurance companies only make money when they pay out the least amount of benefits as possible. Insurance companies only care about taking in premiums and paying out as little as possible. Insurance companies do you care about you or your dental health. Dr. Nugent’s only concern is you and your dental health




Nitrous oxide, popularly known as laughing gas, is a colorless, mildly sweet gas used during dental treatment to relax and relieve anxiety. It can cause feelings of exhilaration and sedation when breathed. It can also cause tiredness, warmth, and tingling feelings in the hands, feet, and/or around the mouth and nose in the dental setting, although it will not cause unconsciousness. You will be able to speak, swallow, and cough as needed. We recommend keeping an escort on call so that if your recovery is slow, we can call one to accompany you home – most people recover completely within 10 minutes of oxygen.


Dr. Nugent provides his scared patients oral (pill) sedation. Oral sedation requires you to take a little pill about an hour before your appointment. After thirty minutes, the majority of patients will feel relaxed and less anxious. The best thing is that we will time it so that the sedation is fully effective as you settle into our dental chair. This makes frightened patients feel at ease, joyful, and a bit sleepy. Please keep in mind that a responsible driver must drive you to and from your appointment and remain with you afterwards for your safety.

Dr. Nugent provides a variety of sedation options:

  • Sedation dentistry enables nervous individuals to receive the high-quality dental care they require.
  • Our sedation allows patients to obtain treatment sooner rather than later, potentially saving them money on more expensive and extensive dental care in the future.
  • When sedation dentistry is utilized, patients recall next to nothing about their appointments, which is what most people with dental fear or anxiety desire.
  • Patients can eliminate one of their general concerns, allowing them to have a healthier mental state and overall life.

Sedation dentistry provides a whole new level of comfort that no other method can match! If you’re ready to get started, please contact our office to schedule a new patient consultation today!

Dr. Nugent is a leader in quality dental care. He devotes a huge part of his dental practice to helping patients with fear and anxiety. Dental sedation is a safe and effective procedure that will help you feel calm and comfortable during your dental visit. Dr. Nugent sees patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Friendswood and League City. Discover why Dr. Nugent has been voted BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times.

Call our office today at 713-941-8261. Our amazing dental office is located at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.