Sedation Learning Center
*At this consultation we will discuss the appropriate sedation for the new patient.
Dr. Bridger and our team at West Houston Dental Center have extensive training in nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation in accordance with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. All necessary emergency equipment, drugs, oxygen, and supplies are on hand. All IV sedation is administered by a dental anesthesiologist doctor with years of advanced anesthesia and emergency training. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you can stop putting off much needed dental treatment, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation – IV Sedation is administered by an anesthesiologist and will make you very relaxed and comfortable. You may not remember too much of your appointment and will not be bothered by surrounding sounds or scents while sedated. This form of sedation is ideal for patients with extreme anxiety and that need to complete complex and/or lengthy dental procedures.
- Oral Sedation – this comes in pill form, it can be different sedative pills often in combination with nitrous oxide gas, which makes you very sleepy and very unaware of the treatment, as when you are just nodding off to sleep. We often give you an anti-anxiety pill to help you sleep the night before your dental appointment and then an hour before your appointment so you come in very relaxed.
- Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) – Nitrous oxide is given through the use of a face mask. You will be relaxed and comfortable throughout your entire procedure, and the nitrous wears off just minutes after removing the mask.
If you are using IV Sedation or Oral Sedation, you will need someone to come with you to your appointment to take you home, as you will not be able to drive or operate a vehicle directly after your appointment. With Nitrous Sedation, the effects will begin to wear off as soon as the mask is removed.
Nitrous oxide and the drugs we use have a long track record of safety. A thorough pre-op health history, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration is taken on each patient. On oral conscious sedation and IV cases we use monitors to keep up with blood oxygen level, blood pressure, and pulse. Dr. Bridger and our team have extensive training in nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and emergency life support techniques in accordance with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. All necessary emergency equipment, drugs, oxygen, and supplies are on hand. No patient is rendered unconscious as with general anesthesia. All IV sedation is administered by a dental anesthesiologist doctor with years of advanced anesthesia and emergency training.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who:
- Have a High Fear of Visiting the Dentist
- Hate the Noises, Smells and Tastes Associated with Dental Care
- Have Had Traumatic Dental Experiences
- Hate Needles and Shots
- Have Difficulty Getting Numb
- Are Afraid or Embarrassed About Their Teeth
- Are Medically Compromised
- Have a Bad Gag Reflex
- Have Very Sensitive Teeth
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