Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Kimberly C. Andersen, DDS

General Dentistry located in The Woodlands, TX

As many as one in five adults suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety. If worrying about pain or discomfort prevents you from getting essential dental procedures, contact Kimberly Andersen, DDS, in The Woodlands, Texas. The expert dental team offers a variety of sedation dentistry solutions, so you can relax during your treatment. Find out more by booking an exam either online or over the phone today.

Sedation Dentistry

Why do I need sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an umbrella term used to describe solutions to help you relax and even fall asleep during your dental procedure. You may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

  • Have dental phobia or anxiety
  • Are concerned about pain or discomfort
  • Are having a lengthy dental procedure, like getting several dental implants

Sedation dentistry is even ideal if you have an unrelated issue — such as chronic back pain — that makes lying back in the dental chair uncomfortable.

Which types of sedation dentistry are available?

At the office of Kimberly Andersen, DDS, you have access to several modern types of sedation dentistry solutions. Below are descriptions of some of the top-requested types of sedation.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is the most in-demand type of sedation. It’s simply an odorless gas that you inhale throughout your treatment. 

This safe and effective gas alleviates pain, reduces your anxiety, and can help you relax (you may even fall asleep). 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is a prescription medication that you take before arriving at the office. This pill or liquid relaxes you and helps put your mind at ease. In some cases, oral sedation treatments are combined with nitrous oxide. 

Intravenous sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation allows your dentist to get specialized medications directly into your bloodstream. 

This medication puts you into a deep state of relaxation, although you’re still conscious and aware of your procedure. It’s certainly possible to become so relaxed that you fall asleep. 

Can I drive myself home after sedation dentistry?

It depends. One of the many reasons nitrous oxide is so commonly used is because the effects wear off as soon as your dentist shuts off the gas and you start inhaling oxygen. It’s safe to drive home after your dental procedure with nitrous oxide.

However, if you opt for oral or IV sedation, you’re going to need a ride home afterward, and ideally, someone should stay with you for a few hours as the effects of the medications wear off. 

When you come into the office of Kimberly Andersen, DDS, for your exam, your dedicated dentist can let you know how to prepare for sedation dentistry. 

If you need dental work and want to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, schedule an exam at Kimberly Andersen, DDS. Book your appointment online or over the phone.