For some people, the mere thought of dental work can create anxiety. Whether caused by a fear of needles or a bad experience when they were young, dental anxiety, in extreme cases, can prevent people from getting the dental care they need. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can clear those obstacles.

The 5 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry

Q.     What types of sedation are available?

A. Typical sedation dentistry consists of local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV conscious sedation. Dr. Gayle Bradshaw offers local, oral sedation, and IV conscious sedation dentistry in the Woodlands, TX.

Q.     What is oral sedation like?

A. Oral sedation is delivered in the form of a prescription pill that is taken roughly an hour before your procedure. It creates a sleepy, warm feeling that helps you relax during your appointment. Most patients fall asleep in the chair.


Q.  What is IV conscious sedation like?

A. With IV sedation, your periodontist will administer drugs intravenously, inducing a sleep-like state. You will still be able to hear questions or instructions but will feel no pain, nor will you remember any details about the procedure.


Q. Who benefits from sedation dentistry?

A. This is an excellent method to keep patients comfortable and relaxed when the dental work performed by their periodontist will be extensive or complex. It is also recommended for patients who suffer from extreme or crippling dental fear.


Q.  Are you a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

A. Most patients are able to take advantage of sedation dentistry but you should discuss it with your periodontist. Be sure to tell your doctor about any illnesses or prescriptions you may have.


If you would like more information about sedation dentistry in the Woodlands, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gayle Bradshaw. Call our office for a one-on-one appointment to discover whether sedation dentistry is right for you.