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Facts About Sedation Dentistry from Lucas Family Dentistry

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Updated 11:43 AM CDT, Tue, October 15,2019

Lucas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/15/2019 -- A lot of people fear going to the dentist, a problem sedation dentistry can often eliminate.

Allen Dentist, Dr. Parley Huber at Lucas Family Dentistry offers nitrous oxide sedation at his clinic in Lucas, TX. Many of his current patients come to the clinic specifically because he offers this service.

"Our procedure is called a light or minimal sedation. We put a nitrous oxide mask on just the patient's nose. A mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide then calms the patient. Most people, if they drive to the appointment, can drive themselves home afterward," the dentist said. "The patient is awake and aware of what is going on, but stays calm.

The two other levels are moderate and deep. In moderate sedation, the patient is more or less dozing and unlikely to remember anything. The person can be awakened easily. In deep sedation, the person is unconscious and needs to have a medicine to reverse the effects or wait until it wears off. In both cases, the person should not drive home.

This type of dentistry has been around for many years. It was first used in 1844, but did not begin widespread use until the 1960s.

"The idea of mixing oxygen into the flow to keep a person awake is a more recent convention. Our patients very much appreciate being awake during their procedure," Dr. Hubler said. "I believe this also helps keep them calm because they know what we are doing."

Sedation dentistry is for more than just calming worries about going to the dentist. Dr. Hubler said it works for people with:

- A gag reflex

- A low pain threshold

- Problems being still in the chair

- Children who are just generally afraid of what is going on.

With decades, and nearly 200 years of study depending on how it is considered, sedation dentistry is a safe process, Dr. Hubler said. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners also requires permits to offer this service. Texas dentists must also take continuing education courses to keep their permit current and valid.

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