Sedation – Anesthesia

Fortunately, today it is possible to have a wide range of endodontic dental procedures performed with the advantage of modern sedation. Expertly administered sedation is important for everything from reducing anxiety to helping those with disabilities to eliminating any potential for even minor pain. From root canal treatment to a number of other important endodontic treatments, sedation can make treatments and therapies more comfortable and more tolerable for patients. While local anesthesia is commonly used their other cases where sedation is recommended.

Sedation or Anesthesia

Sedation for endodontic patients

From nitrous oxide to oral sedatives and even IV options, patients have more choices than ever before when it comes to proven and tested sedation techniques. Most importantly, every patient’s sedation strategy is custom tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Sedation provides for a highly relaxed state so that procedures can be carried out in an efficient and pain-free way. Relaxation and comfort are at the very core of all that sedation stands for in modern endodontics.

Sedation for endodontic patientsNitrous oxide or laughing gas as it is sometimes called is a popular option in modern sedation. This form of sedation typically results in an elevated sense of wellbeing and helps to greatly reduce anxiety and stress in the patient. With few or very minor side effects, nitrous oxide is a popular option for those wishing to be sedated during a routine endodontic procedure. This particular form of sedation has been used for decades and is considered incredibly safe and highly reliable. Conversely, oral medication can also be used as needed or as desired.

Oral medication typically induces a relaxed and moderated level of consciousness. Oral medication also dulls the senses where memories of the procedure are not recalled by patients once they recover. In most instances, this type of oral sedation does not cause total sleep or unconsciousness. However, it is effective in eliminating anxiety, stress and the sensation of any minor pain that may be present. The types of drugs available to patients can vary and that is why it is important to talk with your endodontist to determine the best course of action. From traumatic tooth injuries to root canal and a wide range of other endodontic treatments, sedation plays an important and vital role in today’s modern dentistry.

Contact South Houston Endodontics to learn more about our anesthesia procedures and how we reduce the anxiety.