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Houston, TX

Sedation Dentistry Houston

You shouldn’t dread going to the dentist. If you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety, we can help. Dr. Viet “Vince” Tran strives for and succeeds at delivering completely painless anesthesia. Many of our patients often say they didn’t feel anything at all! We proudly serve the communities of Houston, Sugar Land, Pasadena, and the surrounding areas of Texas.

Oral Sedation Dentistry Houston

Oral Sedation

Some people break into a cold sweat at the thought of having dental treatment. Therefore, at Smiles of Memorial, we offer oral sedation that helps you relax. We provide a pill to be taken one hour before your visit. Soon, you reach a level of sedation that allows you to respond to questions but mostly sleep through your entire visit. This is ideal for people suffering from dental anxiety or those who have a busy schedule and want to get all their treatment done in one visit.

Laughing Gas

Breathe in—breathe out, repeat—relax! Laughing gas, the more commonly known name for nitrous oxide sedation, makes treatment more comfortable. Inhaled through an over-the-nose mask, nitrous oxide medication induces a state of relaxation, which allows local anesthetic to be administered without pain. Now you don’t have to fear dental treatment!
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No More “Fat Lips” or Numbness after Treatment!

Have you ever experienced that “fat-lip” feeling that comes from having your mouth numbed before treatment? The sensation can last for hours, making it hard to eat or even talk. Well, we say, NO MORE to “fat lips”! Instead, we offer our patients OraVerse™. After your treatment is complete, we can use OraVerse to reverse the effects of the anesthetic. It reduces the amount of time you’re numb in half and gets your mouth feeling back to normal in no time.

Q: I have extreme dental anxiety. Can sedation dentistry help me feel more comfortable?

A: Absolutely! Sedation dentistry is specifically designed to help patients with dental anxiety or fear. By using different sedation techniques, such as oral sedation or intravenous (IV) sedation, your dentist can help you feel relaxed and at ease during your dental procedures, making the experience much more comfortable for you.

Q: Will I be completely unconscious during sedation dentistry?

A: It depends on the type of sedation used. With oral sedation or nitrous oxide sedation, you will be conscious but deeply relaxed. IV sedation can range from a state of deep relaxation to a sleep-like state, where you may have limited memory of the procedure. Your dentist will discuss the level of sedation appropriate for your specific case.

Q: Is sedation dentistry safe?

A: Yes, sedation dentistry is considered safe when administered by a trained and experienced dental professional. Your dentist will carefully review your medical history and assess your suitability for sedation. Additionally, during the procedure, your vital signs will be closely monitored to ensure your safety and well-being.

Q: How long does the effect of sedation last?

A: The duration of the sedation effect can vary depending on the type of sedation used and your individual response. Oral sedation may last several hours, while the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the procedure. IV sedation can leave you feeling drowsy for a few hours, and it is important to have a responsible adult accompany you home after the appointment.

Q: Can I drive myself home after undergoing sedation dentistry?

A: No, it is not safe to drive yourself home after undergoing sedation dentistry. The effects of sedation can impair your coordination, judgment, and reaction times. It is essential to arrange for someone to accompany you to the appointment and drive you back home after the procedure.

Q: Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?

A: In some cases, sedation dentistry may be covered by insurance if it is deemed medically necessary or if it is part of a larger dental procedure. However, coverage can vary depending on your insurance plan. It is advisable to contact your insurance provider to understand the specific coverage details related to sedation dentistry.


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