Sedation Dentist

Are you afraid of the dentist? Then you may be a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry! Dr. David Hubbell is a licensed Sedation Dentist in The Colony, Texas. He offers safe Sedation Dentistry Solutions. That way you can sleep or rest through your next dental appointment! If even the thought of a trip to the dentist makes you feel somewhat anxious, don’t feel alone. Dental phobia, or fear of the dental chair, is reported to occur in up 75% of people to one degree or another. Although facing and banishing your fear would be a great accomplishment, Sedation Dentistry at The Colony Dentist's, The Colony Texas location is a more realistic option that works by helping you manage your anxiety. As a Sedation Dentist, you will appreciate Dr. David Hubbell's pleasant and calm demeanor as well as the calming environment he and his friendly team have created. At The Colony Dentist it is our goal to put our patients immediately at ease. In fact, Dr. David Hubbell is especially well-known helping even the most anxious patients feel relaxed and confident for the care they are about to receive. sedationHowever, at The Colony Dentist, we understand that many people suffer from dental anxiety and fear! This can make any visit to the dentist’s office a stressful experience. For our patients who feel anxious, we are pleased to offer a number of safe and effective sedation dentistry options  to help them relax, so they can get the dental care they need. With the number of sedation dentistry options available at The Colony Dentist, there is not reason to postpone or put off getting the necessary dental treatment or cosmetic dentistry done as a result of dental phobia or anxiety! Be assured there is hope. What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
  • Sedation Dentistry is Safe: You will not be unconscious, but will merely be in a deeply relaxed state. No intravenous tubes or needles are required.
  • Sedation Dentistry is Pain-Free: You will feel no pain while in the dental chair and you will have little to no memory of the experience.
  • Sedation Dentistry is Flexible: Depending on the treatment you require, sedation dentistry can help you remain relaxed for two to six hours.
  • Complex Dental Treatments can be Completed in Just One Visit: Dr. Hubbell can replace crowns or bridges, place veneers, improve the health of your gums, and whiten your teeth while you remain comfortably relaxed
How Will You Sedate Me? You have 2 choices for sedation, one is by using Nitrous Oxide, the other is by using Oral Conscious sedation. We will explain both techniques below. Nitrous Oxide sedation-thumb Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. We will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
  • Nitrous oxide works very rapidly - it reaches the brain within 20 seconds, and relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 or 3 minutes.
  • The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, allowing the person who administers the gas to increase or decrease the depth of sedation. Other sedation techniques don't allow for this. For example, with IV sedation, it's easy to deepen the level of sedation, but difficult to lessen it. Whereas with gas, the effects are almost instant.
  • Other sedation techniques have a fixed duration of action (because the effects of pills or intravenous drugs last for a specific time span), whereas gas can be given for the exact time span it's needed for. It can also be switched off when not needed and then switched on again (though to avoid a roller-coaster effect, you shouldn't do this too abruptly).
  • There's no "hangover" effect - the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don't need an escort.
  • With nitrous oxide, it's easy to give incremental doses until the desired action is obtained (this is called "titration"). So the administrator has virtually absolute control over the action of the drug, preventing the possibility of accidental overdoses. While giving incremental doses is possible with IV sedation, it's not possible with oral sedation (as a result, oral sedation can be a bit of a hit-and-miss affair).
  • For certain procedures - those involving gums rather than teeth (e. g. deep cleaning) - it may be possible to use nitrous instead of local anaesthesia. N2O acts as a painkiller on soft tissues such as gums. However, its pain-relieving effects vary a lot from person to person and can't be relied upon.
  • No injection is required. In cases of very severe needle phobia, getting laughing gas first can help you feel relaxed enough to allow the needle required for IV sedation to be inserted in your arm or hand. The very deep state of sedation achievable through IV sedation will then allow you to accept local anesthetic.
  • Inhalation sedation is very safe. It has very few side effects and the drugs used have no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain.
  • Inhalation sedation has been found to be very effective in eliminating or at least minimizing severe gagging.
oral-sedationOral-Conscious Some patients prefer taking a sedation pill orally; this is strong enough to make you feel sleepy, yet you remain conscious enough to follow Dr. Hubbell's instructions throughout the procedure. Sedation dentistry using oral sedatives profoundly relaxes your body and mind. Most patients will actually sleep through the dental visit and remember almost none of it. Interestingly however, patients will still remain responsive to communication from the sedation dentist allowing for cooperation and feedback that helps the dental visit progress smoothly. If you exhibit any of the following characteristics, "Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry" may help you:
  • Fear Stress and Anxiety about going to the Dentist
  • People who desire a beautiful and natural smile and have fear and anxiety associated with dentistry
  • Fear of needles
  • You are hard to get numb
  • Dental Phobia
  • A history of bad dental experiences
  • Painful or sensitive teeth
  • Afraid to go to the Dentist
  • You are troubled with a bad gag reflex
  • Difficulty controlling movement from conditions such as Cerebral Palsy or Parkinson's disease
  • You need complex treatment requiring long dental appointments
  • People who have limited time to complete their required treatment and want to accomplish a lot in a single appointment. Treatment requiring multiple visits can often be accomplished in a single visit.

So if you are afraid of visiting a sedation dentist, then fear no-more as there are alternatives available to alleviate your fears!

We invite you to call us at (972) 624-0068 to book your appointment!