For many, a trip to the dentist can spark genuine feelings of fear and anxiety. To help patients cope and relax while addressing their oral health, Dr. Miles A. Mason provides both oral and intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry. To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease in the dentist’s chair, book an appointment by phone or online at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, with two locations in The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medications that help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures. Sedation therapy goes beyond the use of local anesthesia, providing you with varying levels of sedation for easing your anxiety.
At Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, Dr. Mason provides two types of sedation methods: oral and IV.
Oral sedation is the most common method of sedation dentistry. Patients undergoing oral sedation receive a sedative in pill or liquid form. Based on your needs, Dr. Mason gives you an appropriate amount of medication to achieve the desired level of sedation. Oral sedation is typically administered shortly before the dental procedure to ensure the sedative has taken effect.
Intravenous, or IV, sedation is often favored for how quickly the sedative works. Because the medication is administered intravenously, there is minimal downtime. Unlike oral sedation, this method allows Dr. Mason to adjust the levels of sedation throughout the procedure.
Your doctor adjusts the dosage of both oral and IV sedation to achieve minimal or moderate levels of sedation. Sedation therapy is not a replacement for local anesthesia. The two are typically used together to achieve optimal comfort.
Sedation dentistry is best suited if you experience extreme anxiety and discomfort at the thought of a dental procedure. Sedation therapy is also appropriate if you have sensitive teeth and gums, an overactive gag reflex, or a low threshold for pain.
Sedation dentistry is also great for patients undergoing an extensive amount of dental work, as it can make the procedure easier for both you and your periodontist.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Mason evaluates your health to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate for sedation dentistry. He then works with you to decide the best level of sedation for your age, health, and comfort. Depending on the amount of medication given, you might feel extremely relaxed or even fall asleep during your procedure.
To find out if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry, book an appointment with Dr. Mason at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates by phone or online today.