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The latest technology makes dentistry gentler and easier than ever. However, many people are still apprehensive about going to the dentist. There are a lot of reasons for this including, past bad dental experiences as a child, fear of needles, and people that just hate going to the dentist, period. With good Houston sedation dentistry, you are able to enjoy a relaxing visit with minimal if any pain or discomfort. In fact, you can even attend and have little or no memory of having any dental work done.
By taking a prescription medication an hour before your appointment, you will be relaxed by the time you arrive at LifeSmiles in Houston, Texas. Since you will be sedated, you will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment. You will be seated in a chair and made comfortable with things like warm blankets, booties on your feet, memory foam pillows for your neck, back and under your knees. Sunglasses for the bright lights and noise-canceling headphones.
Dr. Mitchmore is one of the very few prestigious dentists that is licensed and trained to administer sedation both with pills and deeper IV sedation.
Deep sedation is achieved through the use of an IV administering a sedative directly to your bloodstream. It allows for all levels of sedation from light to moderate to deep. That is because it produces a profound state of relaxation within minutes and can be controlled very precisely – unlike pills.
It can produce a state of relaxation where most are completely unaware of the dentistry being performed. Its safety comes from the fact that the sedatives can be given in small increments and your vital signs are monitored just like in a hospital with telemetry that measures your EKG, pulse, heart rate, oxygen level, and breathing.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Patients who suffer from the following are ideal candidates for IV sedation.
When under IV sedation, you may experience the following.
Dr. Mitchmore and his staff will change your mind about seeing a dentist because they'll change the way you think about the importance of a smile.
Kawika M. (Actual LifeSmiles Patient)
Not All Sedation Is the Same!
Some dentists sometimes use the terms conscious sedation, sleep or snooze dentistry to mislead people into believing that they will be asleep during their dental appointment. The Texas Dental Board will only allow very few dentists to administer deep sedation. They must have extra extensive, rigorous training and clinical experience to provide proof of their skills. Dr. Mitchmore was trained at the exclusive and prestigious Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
At LifeSmiles in Houston Texas, we offer light to deep sedation including general anesthesia when necessary. Intravenous Sedation is safer and more predictable than oral sedation alone. Not only can the level of sedation be controlled much more accurately, the drugs can also be reversed if necessary. Trying to use oral sedation for deep sedation is just not safe or practical. There are too many variables such as: what the patient has eaten, how quickly the drug passes through the stomach or intestines, and how quickly the person metabolizes the drugs.
For safety and by Texas State rules, the doctor using oral sedation is usually forced to err on the side of lighter sedation.