Project Description

Sedation Dentistry

A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.

Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep.  In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure.  Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.

Sedation dentistry is popular because most sedatives can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety, and no pain.  Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterward.  Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatments, so sedation dentistry offers both the individual and the dentist the best alternative.

Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver.  Sometimes, sedatives are provided the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not advisable.

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated.
  • Few side effects.
  • More can be accomplished during each visit.
  • No needles.
  • No pain.
  • Perfectly safe.
  • Procedures seem to take less time.

What kinds of sedatives are available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are a nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.  Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs.  Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, as well as taking note of any current medications.

Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative.  It is delivered through a nose hood and is administered throughout the entire procedure.  Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being.  Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure.  In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation.  Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure.  Generally, IV sedation is used for shorter treatments.  It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate.  Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn.  This is why it is important to bring a designated driver for the drive home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles.  Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation.  Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses.  This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure.  Usually, a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment and then topped up during the procedure as required.

What types of drugs are used in oral conscious sedation?

Most of the drugs used in sedation dentistry are classified as benzodiazepines.  Benzodiazepines reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia, and seizures.  Each medication has a different half-life, meaning that the effects last for varying amounts of time.  The estimated length of the procedure determines which type of drug is going to be most effective.

Here are some of the most common drugs used in oral conscious sedation:

Valium® – This sedative has amnesic properties and a long half-life. It is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures.

Halcion® – Usually used to treat insomnia, Halcion is an effective sedative with amnesic properties.  A short half-life makes this sedative useful for shorter procedures.

Ativan® – This sedative is best known for reducing anxiety.  It has amnesic properties and a medium half-life.  Ativan is typically used for treatments shorter than two hours.

Versed® – This sedative has the shortest half-life and is, therefore, less commonly used.  It alleviates anxiety in much the same way as nitrous oxide and is used for visits that will take less than 30 minutes.

If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please ask your dentist.

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OUR PRACTICE

We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles!

HIGH STANDARDS

A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.

EDUCATION & PREVENTION

As a practice, we are true believers that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications, and any illnesses that may impact your dental health.

UNCOMPROMISING SAFETY

Infection control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

TRAINING & EXPERTISE

As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.

A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental needs and look forward to serving you.

Make an appointment today…..we’ll give you a reason to smile!

Dr. Kevin Freeman
Dr. Kevin FreemanCEO/Dentist
LIFE STORY & JOURNEY
Eighteen years ago, I graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and got to Texas as soon as I could! Prior to entering private practice, I received advanced training in general dentistry as a post-doctorial resident at the UT Dental Branch in Houston. I’ve been practicing beautiful, healthful dentistry in Meyerland-Bellaire since 2000, and now in our second location on Washington Ave.!

I strongly feel that staying on the cutting edge of dentistry is an essential part of providing optimal care to my patients. Consequently, our team regularly takes courses in infection control standards, current health issues, materials, and techniques, as well as interpersonal communication skills. Because patient care and satisfaction are of the utmost importance to myself and the entire team, we work hard to maintain high standards in all aspects of the care we provide our guests. We are continually adding new services and technologies to the growing list of clinical and cosmetic services we make available to our patients.

Between taking ownership of our practice and having a son, life has changed a lot (for the better!) over the last few years. I continue to enjoy running, biking, and swimming, reading, modern art, and jazz. Most of all, I enjoy valuable moments with my beautiful wife, Jennifer, and my very busy nine-year-old son, Eli.

Dr. Minh-Triet Dang
Dr. Minh-Triet DangAssociate Dentist
LIFE STORY & JOURNEY
Dr. Minh-Triet Dang obtained the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas, Health Science Center in Houston. With the distinct honor of Hanau Best of the Best Award of Excellence in Prosthodontics. He has over 5 years of experience and enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Dang is committed to providing the best quality treatment for his patients.

When Dr. Dang is not caring for patients, he is at home caring for his mother and the rest of his family. During his free time, he also likes to take drives around Texas, in his cars.

Beechnut Dental Care

OUR PATIENTS SAY

The care and professionalism of the staff are impeccable.

RUBEN
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I adore Beechnut dental care and I have recommended it to two current clients Reginald French and June O’Neill. Can I get a free teeth whitening?? LOL

KATE
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Very pleased that the dentist asked questions first and then suggested that I didn’t need to be numbed. Made the appt go quicker and felt no pain at all during the procedure.

STACEY

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