FAQ about painless dentistry in Houston

What is nitrous oxide?

Often called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild inhaled sedative with analgesic properties. That means it helps you relax and reduces your pain sensitivity.

How long does it take nitrous oxide to wear off?

Nitrous oxide is an ideal relaxant, because a consistent supply is delivered through the appointment, ensuring that it doesn't wear off or diminish in effectiveness too soon. However, the effects are gone within a few moments of removing the mask, so patients are able to drive themselves home and go on about their normal daily routines.

Is nitrous oxide safe for children?

Yes. It is safe and beneficial for patients of all ages.

Is there an alternative to painful anesthetic injections?

Depending on the procedure, nitrous oxide alone may be sufficient. When the nerve needs to be numbed, an injection is necessary. However, that doesn't mean it has to be painful! We use ultra-small needles and a combination of slow delivery and muscle distraction techniques so that most patients never even feel the injection.

How can I help my child overcome dental fear?

Everyone is different, so there is no “guaranteed effective” method, but most children are afraid of one of two things: either pain or the foreign, unfamiliar atmosphere of a dental office. Most little ones relax quickly in our comfortable office surrounded by friendly staff. We strive to make every procedure painless and comfortable and every visit fun for kids, leaving them with nothing to fear.

Do root canals hurt as bad as people say?

No. The painful root canal is a myth, largely perpetuated by people who have never had one. Modern anesthetics can numb the tooth completely, and we take extra steps to make all dentistry as gentle and painless as possible. The most common complaint that we get about root canal procedures is that they are boring.

Where should I go for painless dentistry in Houston, TX?

Visit Vivid Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Harpalani and his wonderful team are committed to providing the gentlest, most comfortable, painless procedures possible. Call our office at (281) 809-4902 and schedule an appointment today.
11560 FM 1960 West,
Suite #200,
Houston, TX 77065

Our Office Hours

Monday 10am-7pm
Wednesday 10am-7pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Emergencies Seen Promptly


Amenities Offered

  • Friendly, Caring Staff
    (Each Has a Gentle Touch)
  • Living Room Style Waiting Area
  • TVs in Treatment Rooms
    (PLUS Pillows, Blankets, & Warm Scented Towels)
  • Internet Station &
    Complimentary Refreshments
    in Reception Area
  • Insurance Friendly &
    Flexible Financing

5 Star Review

5 Star Reviews
Vivid Dental
Rating : 5 Reviews

I've had Dr. Harpalani pull out my wisdom teeth about a year ago and have been going to him for my checks/cleanings ever since. His waiting room is always impeccable and friendly staff make you feel at ease when coming to the clinic. Like the fact that he's a younger guy and really easy to talk to(when his hands are of course not in my mouth :))