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Sedation Dentistry

Lisa Giovanetti, DDS, MS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Maple Leaf Dental

Lisa Giovanetti, DDS, MS

Cosmetic Dentist & Dental Implant Specialist located in Houston, TX

Don't let dental anxiety keep you from receiving the care you need. At Maple Leaf Dental in Houston, Texas, Lisa Giovanetti, DDS, MS, offers sedation dentistry. Dental sedation allows patients to relax during their dental procedures. Dr. Giovanetti provides sedation upon request for high-anxiety patients, and you can receive it even during routine exams and cleanings. Let Dr. Giovanetti help you explore the benefits of sedation dentistry. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Many people feel nervous about dental visits. If you have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help. Sedatives are medications that help you feel more relaxed. They also help patients with low tolerance feel more comfortable during their procedure.

The American Dental Association approves sedation dentistry, and it's safe for most patients. Maple Leaf Dental offers sedation upon request, and you have severe dental anxiety, you can even receive sedation for routine exams and cleanings. 

What types of sedation are available?

Several sedation methods are available. At Maple Leaf Dental, Dr. Giovanetti determines what type of sedation is best for you. She reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. No matter what your needs, she can provide a medication that helps you relax.

Many patients receive nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. With nitrous oxide, you remain awake during your procedure. You're alert enough to talk to Dr. Giovanetti and respond to questions, but you may feel calmer and experience less discomfort.

What happens during sedation dentistry?

You receive your nitrous oxide through a face mask. Dr. Giovanetti mixes the gas with oxygen, and you breathe it in before your procedure begins. 

Dr. Giovanetti also offers conscious sedation -- a combination of sedatives and anesthetics. Dr. Giovanetti administers these medications through IV or a shot. After receiving conscious sedation, some patients may become drowsy or fall asleep.

The Maple Leaf Dental team monitors you closely during your procedure. They can adjust your medication on the spot, providing more sedation as necessary. 

Side effects of sedatives are rare, but if you experience unwelcome symptoms, Dr. Giovanetti can provide the care you need. She also works to ensure that you feel alert and relaxed once you leave the office.

When can I return to my normal activities?

Most sedatives wear off quickly. Patients who receive nitrous oxide can generally drive home after their procedure. If you opt for conscious sedation, you may need someone to transport you to and from the office. 

Dr. Giovanetti lets you know when it's safe to return to your daily activities. With some medications or procedures, you may need to take the day off. Most patients can return to work or school soon after their procedure.

Do you have dental anxiety? Let Dr. Giovanetti provide gentle, reassuring care. Call Maple Leaf Dental or schedule an appointment online today.