Dental Sedation for Pasadena, Deer Park Texas
Thirty percent of Americans avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Sedation Dentistry can help people receive their dental treatment in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately, most dentists do not pursue the extra training and education required to be certified for sedation dentistry. Dr. Nugent’s passion for learning has established himself as a leader of sedation dentistry in Pasadena, Texas.
Most of the patients Dr. Nugent encounters have had a bad experience at the dentist when they were younger. Past experiences play a huge role in our lives. Dr. Nugent takes the time to listen to each patient. He will discuss the different sedation options and the benefits of sedation.
A lot of Dr. Nugent’s sedation patients start their initial treatment with some form of sedation, but feel so comfortable with Dr. Nugent and his staff’s bedside manner that they have future treatment without any sedation.
What are the Advantages of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows the patient to receive the dental care they need in a peaceful and relaxed state. It can be used for any dental procedure, from simple cleanings to advanced lengthy procedures. Because the medications have an amnesic component, most patients do not have any memory of their dental visit and there are few, if any, sedation dentistry side effects. Lengthy appointments can easily be completed because the patient is relaxed and unaware of time. This reduces the number of visits because more treatment can be accomplished.
Why Sedation Dentistry?
The main reasons for sedation dentistry are:
- Sedation dentistry calms nerves and reduces anxiety. – Patients dislike the dental environment. They hate the sounds, tastes, smells and sensations associated with dentistry.
- Sedation dentistry is physically easier on patients. – Patients who have bad neck and backs report that sedation dentistry alleviated the pain of laying in a dental chair. Furthermore, sedation dentistry is easier on patients who have difficulty or pain from opening their mouths during dental procedures.
- Sedation dentistry makes longer appointments feel shorter. – Patients have diminished time perceptions under sedation. More treatment can be performed during the visit resulting in fewer appointments.
- Sedation dentistry helps patients that have trouble getting numb or sensitive teeth. – Patients who have difficulty getting numb or have sensitive teeth find that sedation allows them to be relaxed and helps with anesthesia.
How does Sedation Dentistry work?
Patient will arrive at the office and be escorted to our treatment suite. Vital signs will be checked. Then you will take your pill and our advanced monitoring computer will be started. The lights will be dimmed and when the medication starts working Dr. Nugent will return and start the Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). Your dental treatment will begin as you rest comfortably and relaxed in the dental chair.
What sedation dentistry pill will I be taking?
The most common pill is Triazolam (Halcion). It is fast acting and unlike other drugs it does not have any active metabolites. It has been used since 1982 and has a tremendous safety record. In fact, medical doctors prescribe Triazolam over ten millions times a year for use at home.
Will I be asleep?
Most patients tend to fall in and out of a sleep like state. However, the patient will still be able to respond to verbal commands and will retain the ability to protect his/her airway. Patients will lose chronological awareness and to the patient the appointment will fly by. Our most nervous and fearful patients have been thrilled and overjoyed with the results of their sedation dentistry.
If you are scared to come to the dentist or would just like to feel more comfortable at your dental appointments then sedation dentistry is a great option.
Call our office at 713-941-8261 to schedule your consultation appointment for sedation dentistry.
“You will never be judged or embarrassed. We are a No-Guilt, No Lecture Dental Office.” —Michael Nugent DDS