Greetings Houston! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of the Antoine Dental Center. As we inch ever closer to 2016, our staff and patients are busy preparing for the winter holidays. But today we want to talk about a topic more closely associated with Halloween than the winter holidays: fear.

In our last post, we described some of the tremendous restorative and cosmetic treatments available at our comfortable and modern office. We encourage all our patients to handle their oral health problems before the holidays to prevent them from getting worse, and prevent them from disrupting their holiday festivities.

However, millions of Americans avoid dental care every year because they are simply afraid of visiting the dentist. At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we’ll never belittle you for feeling nervous or anxious before a dental treatment. We are acutely aware of how dental phobias affect different patients, so we do everything in our power to make them feel comfortable in our office.

At our comfortable and modern office we have the ultimate tool for combatting dental phobia: dental sedation. Sedation dentistry is a sure-fire way to ensure you feel comfortable during any of our restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments. Our sedation dentist offers several types of dental sedation: nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Before we begin any sedation dentistry treatments at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we begin by ensuring that all of our patients feel comfortable. We’ll answer all questions you have regarding your treatment before, during, and after a treatment. We also offer complimentary drinks to help you relax before your appointment. During your treatment, we can provide you with blankets and pillows, while allowing you to watch TV or listen to music.

Have a Laugh with Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide sedation is available for all the cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments at the Antoine Dental Center. You may have heard of this form of sedation dentistry referred to as laughing gas. This is a great and safe option for patients with mild to moderate dental phobia.

Your sedation dentist will attach a small nosepiece to your before you begin treatment. Your sedation dentist will then carefully administer a special blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Almost immediately, you’ll begin to feel light and happy. This relaxed feeling will last throughout your treatment, however you’ll still be able to communicate with your sedation dentist as necessary. The relaxed feeling will wear off after your treatment, making it safe to drive home after your procedure.

Oral Sedation for Heightened Relaxation

Oral sedation is quickly becoming a popular option in sedation dentistry. At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we recommend oral sedation for patients with moderate to high levels of dental phobia. Oral sedation is administered in simple pill form. Your sedation dentist will prescribe you a sedative to take before your treatment.

Oral sedation is an excellent option if you need to undergo a lengthy restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatment. Oral sedation will ensure you feel relaxed throughout your treatment. Oral sedation sometimes lasts slightly longer than your dental treatment, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home after your treatment.

Deep Sedation with IV Sedation

IV sedation is the highest level of sedation available for dental treatments. The Antoine Dental Center is one of the very few offices in Houston with a sedation dentist certified to offer IV sedation. IV sedation is administered intravenously, and produces such a deep level of relaxation that you likely won’t remember any of your treatment.

We recommend IV sedation for patients with intense dental phobia. IV sedation is also extremely useful if you have a bad gag reflex, or need to undergo several dental treatments in one sitting.

Make An Appointment

Do you need help overcoming your dental phobia? Going without needed dental work can cost you your smile! Let the sedation dentists at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, help you overcome your fear. Schedule a consultation by calling 713-364-8990 to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), oral sedation, or IV sedation.

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