Houston Oral Healthcare Specialists

Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS

Periodontist located in Kingwood, TX

It is estimated that as many as 45 million people worldwide have severe dental anxiety, which may prevent them from receiving proper oral health care and treatment. Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS, of Kingwood, Texas, understands that having dental work done can be difficult and anxiety-inducing. He offers a variety of methods for sedation during your dental procedures, to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit. For information on whether sedation may be an option for you, call or schedule an appointment online.

Sedation Q & A

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation, or sedation dentistry, is a service Dr. Cummings offers to help you be as relaxed and comfortable as possible during dental procedures. Dental sedation can help you experience less anxiety and pain during both surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you have:

  • Fear of dentists or dental work
  • Fear of needles
  • Low tolerance for pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Complex oral health problems
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Sensitivity to the sounds and smells associated with dental care
  • Complex treatment plan with multiple procedures

Dental sedation can help ease the fatigue of long dental procedures or oral surgeries. With some forms of sedation, you may not remember the procedure at all.

When can I benefit from dental sedation?

Dr. Cummings offers some form of sedation with any cosmetic or restorative procedure he performs. These can range from routine periodontal cleanings to oral surgeries.  

Some possible procedures may include:

  • Dental implants
  • Full arch implant restoration
  • Gum grafting
  • Bone grafting
  • Crown lengthening
  • Surgical periodontal pocket restoration
  • Scaling and root planing

When Dr. Cummings determines the types of dental work you need, he lets you know what type of sedation may be offered during your procedure(s).

What are some types of dental sedation?

The various types and levels of dental sedation each give you a slightly different degree of awareness. Dr. Cummings offers an appropriate type of sedation for your procedure.

The two main types of dental sedation are:

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation uses medications taken by mouth taken prior to your arrival at Dr. Cummings’s office on the day of your scheduled procedure. You will be relaxed and closely monitored throughout your procedure.

Intravenous sedation

Dental intravenous (IV) sedation injects medication into your bloodstream through a small catheter placed in a vein. This gives you a deep state of relaxation, where you are able to relax fully but are not completely unconscious.

With each type of sedation, you will require a ride to get you home. If you take an oral sedative before your appointment, you will also need to get a ride to Dr. Cummings’ office.

To learn what dental sedation options may be right for your procedure, call or book an appointment online with Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS.