Sedation Dentistry

Drs. Witkowski and Rowntree and our warm and friendly staff have deep roots in the community. We’ve been serving families in Kingwood for generations and we realize that people can be anxious about getting dental work.

That’s why we offer oral sedation for patients who are anxious about receiving dental care. For many of our patients, sedation dentistry offers relief and makes treatment a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Dental Anxiety

There’s a significant number of Americans who suffer from dental anxiety. In many cases, these patients regularly avoid routine dental care. This is unfortunate because, along with brushing and flossing, regular checkups are the best way to keep your smile healthy and shining bright.

It’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist until treatment becomes absolutely necessary. Fortunately, oral sedation makes it easier for patients to get the care they deserve so they can preserve their smile for a lifetime.

Why Patients Choose Oral Sedation

In addition to dental anxiety, there are a number of issues that oral sedation helps patients overcome in order to receive essential care.

For example, many patients experience a gag reflex that makes treatment difficult. For these patients, having any type of object placed in their mouth causes an involuntary muscle contraction. Oral sedation is ideal for treating patients with a gag reflex.

Another concern is patients who have sensitive teeth or a low pain threshold. These conditions make it very uncomfortable to receive dental care and cause a great deal of stress for the patient. This is a serious issue, but it can be easily remedied with oral sedation.

Patients who are scheduled to receive extensive dental treatment can also benefit from oral sedation. This not only makes their treatment a more pleasant experience, but oral sedation can also help reduce the total time required to complete treatment.

Some patients who are anxious about receiving dental care simply have difficulty sitting still. When patients move around in their seats during treatment, it can prolong the process and make it more difficult. This is another situation where oral sedation can be beneficial.

How Oral Sedation Works

Oral sedation is commonly used by dentists throughout the United States. It’s safe and easy to administer. Patients take the sedative before the procedure begins, leaving them feeling drowsy but awake throughout their treatment.

If you’re planning on receiving oral sedation for your procedure, remember to have someone drive you home afterward.