3 Types of Dental Sedation To Help You Get Treatment

Are you looking into a certain treatment, but think you may need a little extra help feeling comfortable? Or maybe you are battling dental phobia, but know that you need dental work? Whatever your situation, we can help you stay comfortable and relaxed throughout your time at our office.

Advanced Dental Associates offers three different types of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. These three types are used in different situations to help patients just like you relax throughout a procedure.

If you are interested in dental sedation, just keep reading. We will talk about the three different types we offer and how they can help you. If you would like to speak to our San Antonio, TX dental team about these options or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact our office.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, is great for patients of all ages who need just a little bit of help relaxing during a dental procedure. If you experience just a little bit of anxiety when you visit a dental office, this option is for you.

Dental anxiety is a common thing — you are certainly not alone. Fortunately, we can help you get the dental treatment you need despite your nervousness. When you come in for, say, a filling, we can help you feel at ease with this medication.

Nitrous oxide is administered in gaseous form via a face mask. Because of this, nitrous oxide is:

– quickly administered
– easily adjusted during treatment
– safe for patients of all ages

Nitrous oxide is our lowest level of sedation and creates a sense of euphoria, not a heavy layer of grogginess. This is preferable for some patients, but others may require a heavier sedative. Read on to learn more about our higher level sedation options.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is used for patients who are more fearful or coming in for a longer, more complicated procedure. This type of sedation is a medication that is ingested orally before you arrive for your appointment. Because of this, you will need to secure a ride to and from our office.

Depending on your level of anxiety and the type of procedure you are undergoing, oral conscious sedation may be for you. This level of sedation:

– creates a deeper level of sedation while maintain consciousness
– is not easily adjusted; everyone processes the medication differently
– is safe under the proper supervision

If you are interested in oral conscious sedation, please ask about it when you call to schedule your next appointment. We can help you determine if this is the best option for you.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is reserved for patients who experience dental phobia or who are undergoing the longest, most complicated procedures we offer. This type of sedation can only be administered via an intravenous line by a dental healthcare professional with specialized IV sedation training.

If you would rather not remember the procedure or would like to have many procedures accomplished in one visit, this option may be for you. IV sedation:

– creates a “twilight state” wherein you are conscious, but you won’t remember a thing
– is easily adjusted during treatment
– is completely safe when administered by a licensed professional

IV sedation, while completely safe, isn’t for everyone. When you call to schedule your next appointment, talk to our team about this option. We can help you determine if IV sedation is the best method of dental sedation for you.

Make An Appointment Today

Our San Antonio, TX dental team can help you get the treatment you need with our three dental sedation options. Whether you are interested in nitrous oxide, oral conscious, or IV sedation, we can help you get the information you need to make the best decision possible.

Contact our office if you have any questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment. We can be reached at 210-819-5233. We would be happy to help you find a date and time for your appointment that will work well with your personal schedule.

Don’t let dental fear or anxiety keep you from getting the dental care you need. Reach out to Advanced Dental Associates today to get started.


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