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At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry to help patients remain calm and relaxed. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist then you may benefit from sedation.

Oral Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a newer method of treating dental anxiety, but it is becoming increasingly popular among dentists and patients alike. If you choose this sedation option, Dr. Vlachakis will give you a temporary prescription for anti-anxiety medications. You will take the pills before coming to the office, and they will help you to feel relaxed and sleepy. The degree of sedation you experience will depend on your particular dosage. Higher amounts will induce a twilight sleep. Although you will technically be awake and able to answer questions during treatment, you will typically not remember anything about your procedure when you return home. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after taking these medications, so you will need to arrange for a ride to and from the office.

Who Benefits of Sedation?

We may recommend oral sedation for patients who require a deeper form of sedation than nitrous oxide. If you struggle with severe dental phobia, oral conscious sedation may be a more effective option. We also prescribe this procedure for patients if they are getting ready to receive implants or undergo another type of surgery. Of course, Dr. Vlachakis will need to review your medical history to decide if this is the best choice for your procedure. Certain types of oral sedatives can cause problems for patients with liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, impaired kidney function, and other health conditions. If we decide to pursue this form of sedation, we will provide you with information and answer any questions you may have.

Can You Benefit from Oral Sedation?

If you require more potent sedation then nitroux oxide can provide, then you may be a good candidate for oral sedation. To find out if you’re a good candidate, call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.