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Don't Put Off Dental Work Due to Fears. How Sedation Dentistry Can Help!

Dentophobia is a very real fear, striking terror into the hearts of many people and keeping them from ever stepping foot into our office. We understand completely how our office can be a little bit scary. Whether you're afraid we're going to give you bad news, you hate the sound of our equipment (even we can admit that nobody likes the whining of our drill), or you're convinced that you're going to experience pain during your appointment, fear of going to the dentist can prevent millions of people from getting much-needed dental work completed. Because we know how anxiety-inducing an appointment can be, we here at Excellent Dental Specialists are happy to offer sedation dentistry to our valued patients to help put their minds at ease during their next dental procedure.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

There are three primary types of sedation dentistry options that we like to offer to our patients. This includes inhalation sedatives (nitrous oxide or laughing gas), offer oral sedation in the form of a pill, or intravenous (IV) sedation to help keep you comfortable during your procedure at our office.

Inhalation sedation involves placing a mask over your face. It works quickly and wears off quickly, making it a great choice for our patients. It doesn't make you go to sleep, but it does make you feel extremely relaxed and calm. We may use it alongside local anesthesia to make your experience both soothing and pain-free.

Oral sedation includes swallowing a pill about an hour before your procedure. You will remain awake, but you will also not feel any anxiety during the procedure. Afterward, you may feel a little bit sleepy, but it wears off shortly. Sometimes our patients do feel queasy and may occasionally vomit after using oral sedation.

Lastly, we like to offer intravenous (IV) sedation to you. This includes placing a needle into you to give you the sedative. If you are afraid of needles, then this may not be a good choice for you. You won't fall asleep, but you will be very groggy. We can control the dose of sedative when we use IVs for sedation, making it a safe and good option for our patients. Make sure you bring someone with you who can drive you home after your appointment, as the lingering drowsiness will make you too impaired to drive.

What you are not going to notice on that list, though, is general anesthesia. General anesthesia is greatly misunderstood, and while many people may think that it's the best option because they are fully unconscious, it is not. The risk of side effects and complications of general anesthesia are much greater than conscious sedation. For instance, we would have to assist you with your breathing when you are under general anesthesia. Dosing is trickier, too, making it too dangerous of a choice and one that we simply do not prefer to use for a routine dental procedure.

If you're interested in learning more about how sedation dentistry can benefit you, or you're ready to schedule your next dental procedure using sedation dentistry, please give us a call here at Excellent Dental Specialists at (210) 598-8933 today!

Excellent Dental Specialists
14500 San Pedro Ave, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
2020 Babcock Rd, Suite 10
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
6961 Hwy 87 East
San Antonio, TX 78263
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
1583 East Common Street, Suite 200
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(210) 598-8933
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