Sedation Dentistry, or “Sleep” Dentistry, is able to help fearful patients that would otherwise not go to their dental appointments.
Dr. Nugent recognizes that there are many reasons why over 50% of the U.S. population do not obtain dental care. Although, Dr. Nugent finds the two of the most common reasons are:
- Extreme anxiety/fear
- No time for multiple appointments
Why Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry brings pharmacologically and patient comfort. After an initial consultation, your Sedation Dentistry appointment will be scheduled. You will be given a small pill to make you relax through your dental appointment. Most patients report sleeping through their appointment. However, you are not technically asleep. You can communicate and protect your airway. That way if water goes down your throat you will close your airway to protect it. Patients have little or no memory of the appointment. This is because the sedation pill has amnesic properties. Therefore, you will not remember any sounds or smells.
With Sedation Dentistry, patients find that your treatment is performed more comfortably than they ever have thought possible. You will be drowsy and unaware of the time passing by. During the entire appointment you will be monitored continually by our specially trained team of professionals.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is especially useful for adult patients who:
- Have high anxiety about dental visits
- Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Simply do not have the time for multiple visits
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have TMJ troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods
- Are afraid of needles
- Have sensitive teeth
- Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
Sedation Dentistry is only for adult patients. Dr. Nugent will schedule a consultation appointment first to answer any questions and screen for any medical reasons you may not be eligible for Sedation Dentistry.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be very relaxed, but you will be able to communicate. You will probably not, however, remember any of your visit because of the amnesic effects of the sedation.
Will I have an IV?
No tubes or needles are necessary for the oral sedation. You will simply swallow a pill.
Discover why Dr. Nugent is a leader in sedation dentistry. Call our office at 713-941-8261 today or visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77401.