Visiting the dentist can be a stressful event. At La Michoacana Dental Clinic in Houston, Texas, the team offers oral and intravenous sedation to reduce pain and ease anxiety. Sedation can make your dental experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. If you live in the Houston area, call one of their two convenient locations or use the online booking agent to learn more about sedation dentistry as an option.
Oral sedation is the most common option associated with sedation dentistry. You take an oral medication before your visit to ease anxiety.
IV, or intravenous, sedation is also an option. With IV sedation, the team administers medication through your veins. This is a rapid-acting option that effectively helps you reach a comfortable, semiconscious state of reduced anxiety.
With both options, you are alert enough to respond to verbal commands easily when necessary during the course of your appointment.
If a strong fear of dental work prevents you from getting regular checkups or necessary dental work, sedation is a good option for you. Patients who have trouble sitting still or who have a strong gag reflex may benefit. You may also choose sedation if you have extensive dental work planned in one appointment.
People with chronic jaw pain or who have trouble holding their jaw open or holding their neck in certain positions for extended periods of time may choose sedation dentistry, too.
Sedation dentistry is not for everyone, though. The doctors on staff discuss all sedation options with you but only administer it to patients for whom it’s deemed safe.
For oral sedation, La Michoacana Dental Clinic offers triazolam, a short-acting pill that’s in the same family as Valium. It’s often prescribed as a safe prescription sleeping aid.
Short-acting benzodiazepine, an anti-anxiety sedative, is administered during IV sedation. A typical IV sedation takes up to 90 minutes and is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of the clinic’s trained dental staff.
You may feel sleepy and relaxed but can still communicate and follow instructions. Side effects are minimal and include dry mouth and slight nausea. Any effects of the sedation should wear off within 24 hours. If you do choose sedation dentistry, you should have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
If you have any anxiety about visiting the dentist, consider sedation dentistry as an option. Don’t avoid getting necessary cleanings, fillings, and other work that preserves your oral health.