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Sedation Dentistry

Westway Park Dental - TranscenDental Smiles - Bill So, D.D.S. - Spring Branch - Houston, TX

Sedation dentistry is highly effective in the management of mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive patients and those who have difficulty getting numb.  Additonally, sedation usually eliminates or minimizes gagging in most patients, so it is an option for patients who gag easily.  It is also an option for patients who have medical problems such as angina pectoris, persons who have had a heart attack, or persons with high blood pressure, asthma or epilepsy.  Please inform the doctor of all your medical conditions before treatment using sedation begins. 

You can relax for up to five to six hours after sedation, where the time relaxed will depend on the treatment performed and type of anesthesia delivered.  With sedation, dental treatments that usually require multiple appointments can be done in as few as one or two appoinments.  Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue and inconvenience of multiple, long dental treatments.  

The following is an overview of the types of sedation we offer.

Conscious Sedation

This form of sedation involves the use of nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas."  It has calming effects to relieve pain and anxiety.  A rubber inhaler will be placed over your nose and the nitrous oxide will be slowly administered to a level comfortable for you.  Inhalation sedation dentistry should not be used with persons who are claustrophobic or with persons who are unable to breathe through their nose.

Oral Sedation

This sedation technique requires you take a pill that allows you to relax prior to the dental procedure.  Safe and convenient, oral sedation when properly used can result in more relaxation state than conscious sedation. This sedation option may be right for you if you suffer more from the thought of coming in than actually being here.

BILL K. SO, D.D.S., P.A.

4410 Westway Park Blvd., Suite 600
Houston, TX 77041
[email protected]

13211 Memorial Dr., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77079
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Office hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30am-5:30pm
Fri 7:30am - 3:30pm
Sat by appointment


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