Dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is a condition that prevents a significant number of patients from attending the dentist’s office. This can cause numerous dental issues to build up over time, affecting your both your oral and dental health, as well as your confidence about the way your smile looks and feels. To help defeat this condition, and the negative impact it can have on the oral health of patients, Pearl Dentistry offers sedation dentistry in San Antonio.
Sedation dentistry is an excellent, safe way to provide patients with an anxiety-free experience when they come to our office. We keep our patients informed about what will happen during their appointment or treatment before their sedation is administered.
The most common, and popular form of sedation is nitrous oxide gas, also known as laughing gas.
Before being administered nitrous oxide sedation, your San Antonio dentist, Dr. Sri, will analyze the patient’s full medical history, as well as current medication list, to avoid complications.
Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose-fitted-hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. Typically, the fear of dentists and dental visits come from exaggerated myths through media forms and folk tales, which is why we’re here to help relieve our patients with our sedation option.
Some tingling and numbness may be felt as a result of the gas. There are few other side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years. Dr. Sri is a professional dentist that will answer any questions or concerns that our patients may have about our sedation treatment in order to make them as comfortable as possible during their appointment.