8000 Highway 23

Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Sedation Dentistry


Ivonne Castro Family Dentistry understands the common anxieties and fears many patients may feel prior to or during a dental procedure. We work hard to make your dental visits enjoyable and interactive, alleviating any anxiety you may have. We provide the most comprehensive range of options when it comes to sedation dentistry to ensure each patient feels comfortable and prepared for their upcoming dental procedure. Some patients even need a little help getting through a routine examination, we address these cases with compassion and choices.


Sedation dentistry offers different forms of sedatives including oral, inhalation, and intravenous sedation. It’s pertinent for patients to understand that these are not forms of painkillers and we still utilize anesthetics and numbing medications. Sedation can definitely make any dental procedure or treatment more comfortable.



Nitrous Oxide


Nitrous oxide is a common dental sedative approach, presenting a simple inhalant for patients of all ages. This is the easiest and safest sedative available, letting patients merely breath in and out.


Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, is always available in our office and is a really reliable method for alleviating anxiety for the majority of dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is the mildest sedative we have to offer and is very approachable for patients of all ages. This sedative inhalant is delivered through a comfortable mask that rests over your nose and mouth. This odorless gas is combined with pure oxygen in order to deliver induced feelings of relaxation during a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide can promote comfortability and amusing feelings that can also make things seem funnier. Individualizing the level of sedation is easy and completed within minutes.


Patients won’t experience any memory loss like other forms of sedation when given nitrous oxide. Another great benefit of this inhalant sedation is that the effects wear off immediately, allowing patients to drive home with no symptoms.



Oral Sedation


Anxiety and fear can, unfortunately, prevent up to 50% of Americans from getting the dental care they require. This alarming number is a significant factor in our high tooth decay and gum disease statistics. Oral sedation is available in simple pill forms that can be taken prior to an appointment in order to alleviate this anxiety.


Oral sedation is encouraged for higher anxiety cases, providing a stronger level of sedation than nitrous oxide is capable of. This easy-to-administer approach is prescribed by Dr. Ivonne Castro prior to a dental procedure. There are numerous pharmaceuticals available for oral sedation– Dr. Ivonne Castro will discuss these options with you to conclude which option is best for you. All anti-anxiety medications accomplish the same result– alleviating fear and anxiety of any dental procedure.


Oral sedation medications are extremely effective since they not only alleviate anxiety, but they also help in limiting your memory of the experience. Oral sedation also allows our practice to accomplish more in fewer treatments, heightening efficiency in a shorter time period. Our team carefully monitors your vital signs prioritizing your health and safety. Oral sedation medication can also be taken with nitrous oxide to promote further relaxation for those who have severe anxiety and fear.


When taking oral sedation medications, you will need a responsible person to drive you to and from your appointment. For more information regarding oral sedation medication or to schedule an appointment, please contact us!


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