How Does Dental Sedation Work?

Offering Nitrous Oxide To Help With Dental Phobia

Conscious Sedation For San Antonio

Dental sedation is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” but this is a misnomer, since you will be awake throughout the dental sedation procedure. Medications such as nitrous oxide (known as laughing gas) and anti-anxiety medications can help you feel worry-free throughout your visit. Some people using nitrous oxide may feel so relaxed during conscious sedation they fall asleep, and some may not remember much about the procedure, which is a dream come true for patients all around San Antonio who have dental anxiety. Be sure to look at some of the nitrous oxide side effects.

Dental Sedation Medications Include:

  • Nitrous oxide (sometimes called laughing gas), which you will inhale through a face mask
  • Anti-anxiety medications, which you will take orally (as a pill) before your visit or once you arrive

Key Points Regarding Conscious Sedation

  • You can take medication in pill form or inhale laughing gas through a small oxygen mask
  • Conscious sedation treatments are safe and there are no side effects; for more information, you can visit the American Dental Association website
  • You will be conscious throughout the procedure, but very relaxed, comfortable, and worry free
  • Some people may feel so relaxed that they fall asleep, but it isn’t the same as the IV sedation that you’d get at a hospital (you can wake up at any time)
  • Most people don’t remember much about the procedures
  • Recovery from involved procedures is generally improved (jaws aren’t as sore, procedures go quicker, and gums may heal more quickly)
  • With sedation dentistry, Dr. Stewart can work more quickly and very precisely, which means shorter visits
  • Some patients with neck or back problems may be more comfortable with sedation dentistry
  • Patients undergoing lengthy dental procedures may benefit from conscious sedation
  • Patients who experience dental anxiety or dental phobia are more likely to get regular dental care if they see a sedation dentist

For over 25 years, Dr. William Stewart has been helping patients in San Antonio receive the dental care they need in a relaxed environment. If you think you might benefit from sedation dentistry or nitrous oxide treatments, call today to get an appointment with Dr. Stewart for procedures using dental sedation.