Sedation Dentistry

Ensure Optimal Comfort with Sedation Dentistry

Many patients experience dental phobia and anxiety, which prevent them from seeking out the vital care they need. To put your mind at ease and ensure your comfort, Drs. Edward J. Herbert and Scott M. Hannaman provide sedation dentistry at their Lake Charles, LA, office. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation, and can tailor your treatment to your unique needs and preferences. These options can create a more peaceful environment during treatment, especially for patients who have difficulty sitting still or have a lower tolerance for pain. During your consultation, our team can review your medical history and your treatment goals, before recommending the most appropriate form of sedation.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves administering medication to create a more comfortable experience for our patients. It is ideal for patients who:

  • Have difficulty sitting still
  • Are undergoing multiple procedures simultaneously
  • Struggle with dental anxiety or phobia
  • Have dental sensitivity or a low pain tolerance
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past

Debilitating dental anxiety and phobia prevent approximately 40 million U.S. patients each year from undergoing the dental treatment they need. This impacts patients' overall oral health and wellness, and can result in more serious dental conditions such as gum disease and tooth loss. To put our patients at ease, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. As these forms of sedation do not eliminate pain, we often administer a local anesthetic in conjunction, to numb the treatment area.

Nitrous Oxide

This type of sedation, also known as “laughing gas,” is inhaled via a mask placed over the nose. It produces a steady state of relaxation, and your doctor can easily alter the concentration of sedation for optimal comfort. Nitrous oxide is safe for adults and children, and its effects wear off quickly after treatment. As a result, this is the only form of sedation in which you can drive yourself to and from your procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is administered orally with a prescription medication, such as Valium or Halcion. We may recommend taking the pill either the night before, morning of, or one hour prior to your procedure. Your directions will depend upon the strength of your medication and your level of anxiety. Oral sedatives can also be combined with nitrous oxide for stronger sedation.

Sedation can put your mind at ease and create a more peaceful environment during treatment, especially for patients who have difficulty sitting still or have a lower tolerance for pain.

Oral sedatives can help you achieve a sense of calm and relaxation. However, your doctors will be able to communicate with you throughout your procedure. In most cases, you will have little to no memory of treatment once it is complete. The effects of oral sedatives can last for several hours, so you will need to have someone available to drive you to and from your appointment.

Learn More

Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health, while providing a warm and welcoming environment. Our team is dedicated to your comfort, and can tailor your treatment to your unique needs. To learn more about our sedation dentistry options or to schedule a consultation, contact our practice online or call us at (337) 474-4892.