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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS our entire dental team believes that patient education is a crucial part of helping people make the best decisions about their oral health. We encourage you to ask questions when you have them. For your convenience, the dental team at Scott M. Hannaman, DDS, has included some of the most common questions we hear below. If your question is not listed here, please give our dental office a call or ask us when you are in for your next dental appointment or dental cleaning in Lake Charles, LA.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is a widespread problem that prevents millions of people from seeking the dental treatments they need to maintain a healthy, problem-free smile. The result is poorer oral health and a succession of issues like cavities, gum disease, and worn or broken teeth.

Sedation Dentistry in Lake Charles, LA

For many of our patients, nitrous oxide at our Lake Charles, LA dental office is the solution they need to move past their anxiety and finally get the care they need. Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a calming gas that we mix with oxygen and have you inhale through a comfortable nasal mask. As you breathe it in, you will start to feel very relaxed, calm, and happy, but you will remain fully conscious throughout your procedure.

Our dentists and clinical team members are trained and licensed to administer nitrous oxide safely, and someone will monitor you throughout your appointment. If you require a little more relaxation, just let us know, and we can increase the nitrous mix to ensure your complete comfort.

When our dentist in 70605 completes your procedure, we will stop the flow of nitrous and have you inhale pure oxygen for several moments. The advantage of using nitrous oxide is that it does not produce any drowsy after-effects, so you can safely drive yourself home from your appointment and go on with your day feeling alert and refreshed.

We're also pleased to offer oral conscious sedation dentistry for our Lake Charles, LA patients who require a little more profound relaxation so they can get the care they need.


It depends on the type of treatment you receive.

For some dental procedures, sedation is necessary. For many others, however, we can complete your treatment without sedation. Usually, the more involved your dental procedure is, the more likely you will need sedation. Quick, simple treatments like professional teeth whitening and dental bonding do not require sedation, whereas procedures such as root canals or placing dental implants will. 

Sedation Dentistry At Our 70605 Dentist Office

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert provide nitrous and pharmacological anxiolysis if needed. We do not offer intravenous (IV) sedation.

When you visit our Lake Charles dentists, they work hard to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and at ease. We created our dental practice with the comfort of our patients in mind and will always do anything we can to make your dental visit more comfortable. Our goal is to eliminate dental sedation whenever possible. However, if you have a very low pain tolerance or are anxious about your dental treatment, you can always request sedation to help you relax.

Call Scott M. Hannaman, DDS To Learn More

We understand if you still have questions or concerns about your dental treatment. Our dental staff can provide answers to your questions about sedation dentistry in Lake Charles whenever you contact our dental office. Give us a call at (337) 474-4892 during our regular business hours Monday through Friday.

We look forward to speaking with you and helping put your mind at ease! 

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