Sedation Dentistry

Dental Illusions

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Houston, TX

It’s estimated that up to 15% of Americans avoid dental treatment because of dental phobia. If you’re one of the 40 million people who put off dental treatment because of fear, George Saliba, DDS, and Basil Moukarim, DDS, offer sedation dentistry treatments at Dental Illusions to help you relax and feel comfortable while in the dentist’s chair. With convenient and modern offices in the Champion neighborhood of Houston and West University, Texas, the team at Dental Illusions will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and safe. Don’t put off dental treatment, call or book an appointment online today and share your concerns.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of using mild to moderate sedatives to help patients relax during dental treatments. Dental phobia prevents many people from getting simple preventive dental care like checkups that can preserve their teeth and oral health. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim want their patients to feel relaxed, so they offer sedation services to alleviate your stress and anxiety.

What kinds of sedation treatments are available?

Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your dental treatment.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, is a mild sedative that you inhale through a small nose mask before your dental treatment begins. You may either fall asleep or simply feel a deep relaxation as the gas takes effect. Nitrous oxide is a popular choice because your dentist can control your sedation level throughout your treatment. It’s also a very safe option and most patients don’t even feel groggy after the nitrous oxide wears off.

Oral sedation

When you choose oral sedation, you take a medication that helps you relax throughout your dental treatment. The drugs are part of the benzodiazepine family — which prevents your fear receptors from becoming overactive. The medication helps you stay relaxed throughout your treatment, and the effects are long-lasting enough for a full mouth restoration to be performed in a single visit. You’ll also find that sedation helps minimize any post-treatment discomfort.

IV sedation

If you opt for IV sedation, an anesthesiologist will monitor your sedation throughout your dental treatment. The sedative enters your bloodstream directly and will help you feel relaxed or even sleepy. The dentists and anesthesiologist use the smallest amount of medication necessary to ensure your comfort.

Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who have a dental phobia or extreme anxiety about the dentist that prevents them from having both preventive dental checkups and treatments to repair and preserve their teeth. In addition to those with dental phobia, the team at Dental Illusions offers customized sedation dentistry to senior citizens, children, and patients with special needs.

If you have anxiety about dental care but want to take care of your teeth, call Dental Illusions or make an appointment online today.