Dental procedures can sometimes be lengthy, loud, uncomfortable, and downright painful. Now, you can undergo a complete dental process without experiencing the downsides. Sedation dentistry offers an alternative method for general dentistry services in San Antonio for patients that experience anxiety or fear during dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry is perfectly safe, as professionals administer it. So, if you have a hard time sitting still for long periods or traditional anesthetics do not produce numbness as they should, then take advantage of the benefits of sedation dentistry in San Antonio Texas.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably if experience anxiety when during a procedure. Also, there are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- Lack of sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry experience a simple, relaxing session.
Levels of Sedation
We are licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to provide Level II and Level III sedation dentistry services. Our specialty services are performed by general dentists who have received additional residency training in order to provide sedation dentistry services and other procedures. Sedation dentistry is strictly regulated by law. As such, there are three sedative states at which we can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.
1. Mild Sedation
Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry. We use it for patients with mild anxiety, more prolonged procedures, or more complex situations. We administer mild sedation orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire process and can breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. In addition, patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.
2. Moderate Sedation
Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need more prolonged or more complex procedures, conscious sedation often refers to the use of oral sedation. With conscious sedation, you will remain awake throughout your procedure but will be in a deep state of relaxation. We recommend that patients who receive conscious sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.
3. Deep Sedation
Patients receiving deep sedation go between consciousness and unconsciousness during their dental procedure. Patients often have no recollection of the treatment and are unable to respond to commands even if they are awake at times during the procedure. We recommend that patients who receive deep sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.
Sedatives That We Offer
We offer two main types of sedatives:
Inhalation. Nitrous oxide is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety
Oral. We will give you a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office
Do You Have Questions About Sedation Dentistry?
If you have any further questions about a sedation dentist in San Antonio Texas, then contact Alamo Ranch Dental Care today. We offer comprehensive dental services, including:
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Root canal treatment
- Dental veneers
- Cavity fillings
- Pediatric dentistry services
In addition to the services above, we also offer sedation dentistry in San Antonio, Texas. Call us at 855.600.3871 to schedule a consultation with an oral care specialist.