Dental Phobia or Anxiety Keeping you from the Dentist?
At San Antonio Oral Surgery, we understand that going to the dentist isn’t easy for many people. In fact, by some estimates, nearly half of the population in United States has some level of dental fear or anxiety that keeps them from seeing their dentist regularly. In fact, the Journal of the American Dental Association estimates that as many as 12 percent of adults suffer from dental anxiety so bad that they completely avoid the dentist.
Dentistry, especially oral surgery, is changing rapidly because technology and science is moving faster than ever before. Amazing dental rehabilitation cases that were once thought impossible are now a reality. With advances in imaging technology and computer-guided surgical procedures, we can transform your smile in amazing ways. However, all of the amazing advances in oral surgery can’t do anything for you if you’re not visiting your dentist.
Sedation Dentistry in San Antonio, TX
At San Antonio Oral Surgery, we offer various options of sedation dentistry to make your visit more relaxed and comfortable. In order to delivery these types of sedation our Oral Surgeons must have special training, continuing education and special certification from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Our office staff also undergoes special training and we have specific emergency equipment as required by State and National Oral Surgery Organizations.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Nitrous Oxide is also known as “laughing gas.” This type of sedation dentistry is the most frequently used and has been used by dentists for many years. This method of sedation dentistry is administered as patient breath through a special nose mask. Nitrous oxide sedation usually causes patients to be very relaxed and can cause some degree of amnesia. While sedated with nitrous oxide, the patient retains all normal body functions and is able to breathe on his or her own.
Oral Conscious Sedation – This type of sedation is administered by giving the patient a pill such as Valium. All body functions remain normal and the patient is able to breathe on their own. The patient usually takes an initial dose prior to the appointment to reduce their pre-operative anxiety. Once they arrive at our office, additional medication may be given to provide more comfort and a deeper level of sedation. This type of sedation is combined with the use of Nitrous Oxide (see above). Most patients will have some degree of amnesia using this type of sedation dentistry; depending on level of sedation given, amount of medication used and individual patient response. Special monitoring of the patient’s vital signs is always part of Oral Conscious Sedation.
IV Sedation – IV Sedation is used often by our Oral Surgeons here at San Antonio Oral Surgery. In order to perform IV Sedation, our Oral Surgeons have undergone an even higher level of special training and certification than for Oral Conscious Sedation. The patient first begins breathing the Nitrous Oxide for initial relaxation, and then IV Sedation drugs are administered directly into the patient’s blood stream. This method allows the doctor more immediate and direct control over the level of sedation the patient experiences. The level of sedation can be tailored for each individual patient, and can vary from a light sedation to general anesthesia. Again, the patient’s vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure and recovery.
Using Sedation Dentistry for Wisdom Teeth Removal in San Antonio
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure here at San Antonio Oral Surgery. While not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, most wisdom teeth never reach their proper position and require removal. The majority of patients at or above the age of 16 should have a wisdom tooth evaluation and consultation. In general, the earlier the wisdom teeth are removed the lower the complication rate.
The first step in knowing about your wisdom teeth is to schedule a consultation with the surgeons at San Antonio Oral Surgery.
During your initial consultation, your Oral Surgeon here at San Antonio Oral Surgery will examine you, looking specifically at the position of the wisdom teeth and the surrounding area using digital X-rays. After reviewing your particular information, the oral surgeon will discuss what to expect. They will begin with discussing the average, everyday things that most people experience from wisdom teeth removal. Our surgeons will also discuss any unusual situations as indicated by your exam and imaging. Lastly, the topic of anesthesia will be fully discussed. Your surgeon will review the options form local anesthesia to the various sedation techniques as described above. With today’s surgical techniques and the options of Sedation, you don’t have to be afraid of having your wisdom teeth removed. You can have your surgery in a comfortable and caring environment here at San Antonio Oral Surgery.
Questions? Need an Appointment?
If you have questions about wisdom teeth or sedation dentistry, San Antonio Oral Surgery is always happy to help. You may request an appointment by contacting us today to find out more.