Many people avoid visiting New Heights Dental & Braces because of fear or anxiety about dental procedures. Neglecting your oral health can have serious consequences not only for your teeth and gums as well as your overall health. Scientific research has identified a close link between oral health and overall health. In some instances, our dentists can detect an underlying condition that requires attention following a dental examination.
Because of the importance that oral health has on your overall well-being, we offer sedation dentistry for those patients who have a dental phobia or are very uncomfortable during treatment. The purpose of sedation is to help a patient relax so we can proceed with the needed treatment. For some people, the mere smell of a dental office can induce a panic attack, so it is important you let us know how you feel, so we can proceed accordingly and make your experience a positive one. One of our primary goals is the comfort of our patients.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
We have several types of sedation dentistry available to those patients who need it. Sedation can be mild, such as laughing gas, to moderate, like oral conscious sedation, and we also have general anesthesia options depending on the procedure. Some surgeries will need to be performed at a hospital. We will discuss your fears, and alternatives for sedation when you come in for your free consultation.
One of the most common options for things like wisdom teeth extractions is IV sedation. With this type of sedation, we use a thin needle to place an Intravenous tube, usually in your arm, which is used to dispense the medication directly into the bloodstream. You will feel its effects almost instantly, and you will be asleep, completely unaware of what's happening and pain-free. Some of the medicines we use with IV sedation are:
While you are asleep we monitor all your vital signs carefully, and you receive oxygen through a mask placed over your head, as needed.
When to Use IV Sedation
Aside from wisdom teeth extractions, one of the most common oral surgeries, IV sedation can be used for any type of oral surgery at the request of the patient. Before the surgery, we will ask about your health history, current medications (prescriptions and over-the-counter) you take, and allergies to medicines. It’s critical that you don't leave anything out, including drug abuse to avoid complications during surgery.
General anesthesia can be administered via IV sedation for any oral procedure, depending on the patient. For example, if a teenager needs a baby tooth extracted and has never had cavities, we could use general anesthesia to keep them comfortable. We only use the minimum amount of medicine required for the time the procedure will last and can add more if necessary.
If you have any fears or anxiety when you visit New Heights Dental & Braces, please let us know, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs during any dental procedures. Call us at (210) 625-4599 if you have more questions about IV sedation or any other concern about your dental procedure.
New Heights Dental & Braces
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!