Sedation Dentistry

General Dentists located in Galleria area, Houston, TX

Sedation Dentistry

If you keep putting off a visit to the dentist because of anxiety or fear, you can benefit from the sedation dentistry services available at Heather M. Wilmore, DDS. Sedation dentistry offers solutions to keep you calm and relaxed, so you can get the dental treatments you need without the added stress. Dr. Wilmore provides sedation strategies like nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation for adults and children in a comfortable, supportive environment. Call the Houston, Texas, office to schedule a sedation dentistry consultation, or book an appointment online today. 

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves medications and other strategies that promote comfort and relaxation during dental procedures. Sedation services ensure you receive the dental care you need without fear, anxiety, or discomfort.

Dr. Wilmore offers sedation dentistry for children and adults who experience physical, emotional, or psychological stress during dental visits. 

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

You may be a candidate for the sedation dentistry services available at the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, if you avoid check-ups or treatments because of dental anxiety or fear.

Sedation dentistry can also promote a more comfortable dental experience if you have:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of needles
  • Extreme teeth sensitivity
  • Severe gag reflex

Dr. Wilmore also has extensive experience providing sedation dentistry for adults and children with special needs.

You can ask any questions you have about sedation or the dental procedures you need during your consultation. Dr. Wilmore evaluates your sedation needs during your initial consultation.

She spends time learning more about your fears and the physical and emotional side effects they cause and reviews your medical history and current health to see which sedation method is right for you.

What sedation dentistry services are available?

Dr. Wilmore offers three types of sedation dentistry services, including:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has a calming effect on your nervous system but doesn’t put you to sleep.

You inhale controlled amounts of gas throughout your dental treatment to keep you comfortable. The effects of the gas wear off quickly, so you can return to your routine without downtime.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation uses oral medications to keep you relaxed. Dr. Wilmore prescribes sedative medications that you take ahead of your visit.

Oral sedatives might make you feel drowsy, and some people even fall asleep during their procedure. You need a loved one to drive you to and from your appointment.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

IV sedation delivers sedative medications directly into your bloodstream, so you can stay asleep during treatment. This method keeps you completely relaxed with no memory of your procedure.

You might be a candidate for IV sedation if you have severe dental anxiety or need complex dental treatments.

Call the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, to find out if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry, or book an appointment online today.