San Antonio Sedation Dentistry
Change your dental experience. Be anxiety-free with our sedation dentistry options!
We have many patients that come in requesting IV sedation or oral conscious sedation who never end up doing either. Many will opt to just go with nitrous oxide, others with nothing. Many of our San Antonio patients find the mood of our office relaxing and comfortable with our doctors and staff. We have treated many patients who were fearful of going to the dentist and now come in confident and happy. Schedule an appointment with us to talk about your options.
Many patients have heard of nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, but what is it? When oxygen and nitrous oxide are inhaled through a special mask apparatus, patients feel almost instantly relaxed. The mask we use to administer nitrous is comfortable and fits right over your nose. We even have scented nosepieces for children! Nitrous oxide doesn’t make you lose consciousness or awareness of your surroundings, it simply puts you at ease so you can have the treatment you need. There are no lasting effects, either. Once the mask is taken off at the end of the procedure, the effect of the gas is completely reversed. Best of all, it is completely safe for almost all patients, even children! Laughing gas isn’t addictive or habit-forming, and you’re completely awake during the entire procedure.
Occasionally, patients need something a little more than just laughing gas, and that’s where oral conscious sedation comes in. Before your visit to our San Antonio clinic, a sedative medication will be prescribed to you and you will take it about an hour before your appointment. For many patients, this makes them feel significantly more relaxed and able to get the dental care that they need without fear and anxiety. Typically we recommend you have a family member or friend bring you to and from the appointment. Often times we will use nitrous oxide in conjunction with an oral sedative to get you as relaxed as possible.
The benefit of oral conscious sedation is that you can be awake the whole time and not intravenously sedated. The effects of oral sedatives are mild and typically only last for a few hours.
IV or intravenous sedation is similar to oral sedation anti-anxiety medication effects. IV sedation puts the patient into a deep state of relaxation. You will not be unconscious, you stay awake the whole time and will even be able to talk to your dentist and answer their questions during the procedure. However, it is likely you may not remember anything when the medication wears off.
The sedation effect happens quickly after it is administered. You may feel groggy after the procedure is finished. This type of sedation requires someone to accompany you to your procedure and back since you will be out-of-it for a while afterward. It’s a good idea not to schedule anything after your procedure so you can have time to rest for the rest of the day when you get home.
People of all ages can experience dental anxiety, which is why we strive to make your visits with us as pleasant as they are effective. Having sedation dentistry with a gentle and caring dentist means the best possible experience for you. We have helped hundreds of people to change their dental experience. In addition to our relaxing sedation options, our dental clinic is equipped with treatment rooms with blankets, pillows, and TVs to keep you comfortable and entertained.