How Sedation Dentistry Helps with Dental Anxiety

Woman in the dental chair wearing a mask to receive dental sedation for dental anxiety

Do you get nervous at the dentist? Is your anxiety severe enough to prevent you from getting care? If so, you aren’t alone. Dental anxiety is very common. At Helotes Family Dentistry, we want you to be comfortable and relaxed no matter what treatment you’re getting. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry.

How Do You Know if You Have Dental Anxiety?

Few people get excited about a dental appointment, but if you have symptoms like a fast heartbeat, lightheadedness, and sweating, you most likely have dental anxiety. To avoid these unpleasant feelings, it’s tempting to put off appointments and ignore problems. Luckily, you have options at our office.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps you relax during an appointment. We offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, oral sedation and IV sedation.

  • Nitrous Oxide
    • Laughing gas is a very safe and easy technique. Nitrous oxide is even safe enough to be used in children’s dentistry. We place a mask over your nose and you breathe in the sedative. It takes effect within minutes. Because laughing gas is mild, you remain conscious during the treatment and won’t have any short-term memory loss. because it wears off immediately, it is safe to drive yourself home.

  • Oral & IV Sedation
    • Oral sedation and IV sedation offer a deeper level of relaxation. They are often used during more complex treatments. Together, we’ll figure out what type of sedation works best for you. For oral sedation, you take the anti-anxiety pill before the appointment, so by the time you’re in the chair, the effects are active. With IV sedation, the medication is administered intravenously. For both of these types of sedation you will need somebody to drive you to and from the office. You may not be able to remember all of the visit and you will feel groggy for a period of time afterward.

    Dental Anxiety Doesn’t Need to Hold You Back

    Putting off dental care because of anxiety is risky. If you neglect regular appointments, Dr. Brigman, Dr. Bejar and the team can’t catch issues before they become serious. Luckily, sedation dentistry makes you comfortable and relaxed. If you have any questions about your options or want to schedule a checkup, please contact us! We’re proud to serve the San Antonio and Helotes, TX areas.

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