IV Sedation

IV Sedation Dentistry

Sleep through your next dental appointment in Houston, TX.

How Does Sedation Work?

Dr. Randy Mitchmore’s sedation expertise can help put your apprehension to bed.

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The latest technology makes dentistry gentler and easier than ever. However, many people are still anxious about going to the dentist. There are a lot of reasons for this, including bad dental experiences in the past, fear of needles, and a general distrust of dentists. With good Houston sedation dentistry, you will be able to enjoy a relaxing visit with minimal if any pain or discomfort. In fact, you can choose to fall asleep and end up with little or no memory of having dental work done at all.

If appropriate, we can provide you with a prescription medication an hour before your appointment, which will relax you by the time you arrive at LifeSmiles in Houston, Texas. Because you will be sedated, you will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment. When visiting the dentist we will seat you in a chair made comfortable with things like warm blankets, booties for your feet, and memory foam pillows for your neck, back, and knees. We will even provide sunglasses and noise-cancelling headphones to block out the bright lights and procedural sounds.

IV Sedation

Changing lives for over four decades.

Dr. Mitchmore is one of very few prestigious dentists licensed and trained to administer sedation both with pills and through deeper IV sedation.

Deep sedation is administered through an IV, which transports a sedative directly into your bloodstream. The IV mechanism, unlike pills, can be controlled very precisely, allowing Dr. Mitchmore to induce a light, moderate, or deep level of relaxation in minutes.

IV-administered sedation can produce a state of relaxation in which most patients are completely unaware of the dentistry being performed. Its safety comes from the fact that the IV sedatives can be given in small increments while your vital signs are being monitored, just like in a hospital with telemetry that measures your EKG, pulse, heart rate, oxygen level, and breathing.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Who Can Benefit?

Patients who suffer from the following are ideal candidates for IV sedation.
  • High fear
  • Needle phobias
  • Previous bad dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Bad gag reflex
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete their dental work

What Are the Benefits?

When under IV sedation, you may experience the following.
  • A deeply relaxed state
  • The opportunity to request deeper sedation if needed
  • Safe monitoring of your vitals
  • Virtually no memory of your visit
  • A shortened perception of time during long appointments
  • A superior sedation technique for people with very high fear
  • Better pain control during the visit
  • The administration of long-lasting medicines for pain control and inflammation reduction after the procedure
“Dr. Mitchmore and his staff will change your mind about seeing a dentist because they'll change the way you think about the importance of a smile.”
Kawika M. (Actual LifeSmiles Patient)

Not All Sedation Is the Same!

Dr. Randy Mitchmore’s sedation expertise can help put your apprehension to bed.

Some dentists use the terms conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or snooze dentistry to mislead people into believing that they will be asleep during their dental appointment. The Texas Dental Board will only allow very few dentists to administer deep sedation. They must have extra-extensive, rigorous training and clinical experience to provide proof of their skills. Dr. Mitchmore was trained to administer deep sedation dental treatment at the exclusive and prestigious Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

At LifeSmiles in Houston Texas, we offer light to deep sedation including general anesthesia when necessary. Intravenous sedation is safer and more predictable than oral sedation alone. Not only can the level of sedation be controlled much more accurately, the drugs can also be reversed if necessary. Trying to use oral sedation for deep effects is just not safe or practical. There are too many variables such as: what the patient has eaten, how quickly the drug passes through the stomach or intestines, and how quickly the person metabolizes the drugs.

For safety and by Texas state rules, a doctor using oral sedation is usually forced to err on the side of lighter sedation.

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Toni Wilson
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Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Patient Care and Education

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith
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Sandra is 44 years old and has a learning disability. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics. This year, Sandra won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!). She sings in her church choir and every other year goes on an international trip with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.