Dental Fear and Anxiety in Pasadena, Texas

Dental Anxiety / Dental Fear

Pain Free Dentistry Pasadena TexasWhy are regular dental care checkups necessary?

Regular checkups are needed to monitor your overall dental health. In addition to checking for cavities, Dr. Nugent and his hygienists examines the health of your entire mouth. This includes checking surrounding soft tissues, checking for pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions, oral sores, and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Regular dental visits are important to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other conditions affecting your mouth.

I have Dental Anxiety, how can Sedation Dentistry help me?

Dr. Nugent is a top rated sedation dentist. He holds multiple permits from the State of Texas to administer different levels of dental sedation in his Pasadena, Texas dental office.
There are a number of ways to decrease dental anxiety that do not include sedation medication:

  • Tell Dr. Nugent at his team your concerns.
  • Use visualization to picture yourself relaxed and at a pleasant location.
  • Bring your phone of iPod to listen to your favorite music.
  • Raise your hand, if you need a break.

For patients that need dental sedation Dr. Nugent offers several options.
1) Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
2) Oral Medication
3) A combination of Nitrous Oxide and Oral Medication


What exactly is Oral Sedation?

Utilizing sedative medications, dental sedation is a technique for producing a calm environment for the patient during dental procedures. Although you feel very sleepy while under sedation, these medications do not send you to sleep. It is safer and less invasive than a general anesthetic.

Is Dental Sedation Appropriate For You?

Sedation dentistry is likely to benefit anyone who requires dental treatment and has anxiety and fear about undergoing treatment or an extreme dread of needles. Those with painful, highly sensitive teeth or issues with a local anesthetic may find it challenging to cooperate with Dr. Nugent during dental treatment. With sedation, these patients can be made to feel more at ease. Anyone who has had a harrowing or traumatic dental experience in the past may be anxious about returning to the dentist. Sedation can assist with this. Patients with a pronounced gag reflex or those with medical conditions that render them unable to control their bodily movements, such as Parkinson’s disease, can also benefit from the physical relaxation of sedation.

Dr. Nugent will customize a sedation protocol just for you. Patients enjoy receiving their dental care without experiencing and dental anxiety or fear. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77054. Discover how sedation dentistry can help you overcome your dental fears and anxiety. Get the dental care you deserve.