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Sedation Dentistry


Our goal at New Heights Dental & Braces is to make our patients as comfortable as possible. Many people avoid coming to see our dentists and hygienist because of dental anxiety. Most of the times this happens after a traumatic experience where they felt pain during a procedure.

In the past, patient comfort was not a primary concern. However, with the knowledge that oral health is intimately linked to overall health and the alarming statistics of severe conditions, such as periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss, dentistry has adapted. Our patient's comfort is one of our primary goals.

At New Heights Dental & Braces We Provide Our Patients With the Following Types of Sedation Options:



What Is Sedation Dentistry?


When our patients can't relax while coming to the office and just the thought of sitting in that chair gives them anxiety, they could have dental phobia. Many people stay away from the dentist because of fear or dread of being treated, but doing this can have dire consequences for their oral health.

Sedation dentistry is when we use certain medications to help you relax during a procedure. Even if it's something relatively quick and straightforward, like cleaning or filling a cavity, some people are just afraid. This is perfectly normal and if you tell us you have dental phobia, we will do everything we can to make your experience as comfortable as possible. It is critical that you let us know about your concerns, so we know how to proceed.

Types of Sedation Dentistry


We can use mild to moderate levels of sedation depending on how severe the fear is, and many times the patient is still awake during a procedure, but the medicine helps them relax and cooperate with our dentist or hygienists.

Before using sedation for a procedure, we must know current medications you are taking, so we choose the best method for you. There are several types of sedation dentistry.
•  Laughing gas: a minimal type of sedation which keeps the patient awake but relaxed and is the most commonly used in our office. Our dentist places a contraption over the nose and mouth and asks the patient to breathe normally through the nose. Nitrous oxide is delivered before the procedure and can be adjusted as needed during the treatment. In some cases, we can also use pills that you take orally.
•  Moderate sedation: a state of sedation in which the patient is semi-conscious, but unaware of sounds, smells, and feelings of pain. We use this type of sedation for patients who cannot tolerate the dental office environment. The person takes medication at home before arriving for their appointment with a responsible driver. We can also use additional sedation if needed during the procedure such as an intravenous method (IV) which is used for shorter procedures, or intramuscular which is rarely used.
•  Deep sedation: with this type of sedation, usually administered via an IV, the patient cannot breathe on his or her own and does not respond to verbal instructions.
•  General anesthesia: when we use general anesthesia, we have an anesthesiologist that comes in the office to provide the service.

We will give you a comprehensive review of everything involved in your procedure, including what sedation method we will use and instructions for before and after the surgery.

If you have any questions about your procedure and sedation dentistry, call New Heights Dental & Braces at (210) 625-4599.
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New Heights Dental & Braces

7700 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Convenient parking is available directly in front of our office.

T: (210) 625-4599
F: (210) 828-3205

We look forward to seeing you smile!
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