Feeling Nervous About a Dental Procedure? Sedation Dentistry Might Be the Answer

Between 30 and 40 million people in the United States avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear, so if you fall into these ranks, you’re in good company. Unfortunately, delaying or avoiding your dental work only leads to larger problems down the road, which is why we offer sedation dentistry.

At La Michoacana Dental Clinic, we pride ourselves on offering top-notch dental services to our Houston area patients, giving them every reason to smile. But if you’re nervous about dental work, no matter how routine, a smile is the farthest thing from your lips. To help you overcome this anxiety and fear, we offer several different levels of sedation dentistry, allowing you to stay on top of your dental health with ease.

If you’re feeling nervous about dental work, here’s why sedation dentistry might be the answer you’re looking for.

You’re not alone

Before we get into how our sedation dentistry works, we want to reiterate that you’re not alone when it comes to dental anxiety and fear. We understand this fear, and our friendly and compassionate staff makes every effort to put you at ease from the moment you come in.

Above all, we don’t want your anxiety and fear to compound itself because you’re anxious about your deferred dental work. Rest assured, more often than not, it’s not as bad as you think, and the sooner we can get in there, the sooner you’ll realize that our dental procedures are often quick and painless. In fact, a quick trip to our chair can often leave you feeling better as we remedy any painful dental issues you may have.

And with our sedation dentistry, you’ve got just the tool you need to take that first step.

Taking the edge off

If you experience some anxiety when you think about coming to see us, give us a call to ask about our milder form of sedation dentistry. This form of sedation is an oral medication you can take before coming in that takes the edge off of your anxiety before you even step through our doors. The medication is called triazolam, which is in the Valium family, and it wears off quickly once we’re done. You may feel a little drowsy, so you need to have someone drive you, but you’ll be awake for the procedure.

Going deeper

If your anxiety is more of a phobia, we offer a stronger sedation option — intravenous (IV) therapy with a benzodiazepine. This stronger medication has more of a drowsy effect, but you do remain conscious throughout the procedure so we can communicate with you. With IV sedation dentistry, we control the amount of medication you receive the entire time, enabling us to make any necessary adjustments along the way.

Because we administer the medication directly into your bloodstream, it’s fast-acting, and it may linger for a little while in your body, so here again, you need to have someone accompany you to our office and drive you home.

Comfortably numb

In addition to our sedation techniques, we use a local anesthetic any time we need to perform dental work. Your comfort is our top priority, and by using both an anesthetic and sedation, we can ensure that your visit is painless and devoid of anxiety and fear.

Don’t put off your visit to us because of anxiety or fear. Take the first step and give us a call to explore your sedation options. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation at one of our Houston offices.

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