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Sedation Dentistry
in San Antonio, TX

Dental sedation can help patients with anxiety feel much more relaxed in the dental chair, and it can make lengthy and invasive restorative dental procedures feel like a breeze from the patient’s perspective. If you are interested in adding dental sedation to your child’s treatment plan, our team would be happy to discuss that with you. Give our office a call or send a message through our virtual contact form today!

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What does dental sedation feel like?

Nitrous oxide also goes by the name “laughing gas” because it can make patients feel light-headed and giddy, but it can also simply put the patient into a calm state of relaxation. Oral conscious sedation makes patients feel sleepy and out of it, almost like they are in a dream, and they’re less aware of what’s happening around them. General anesthesia renders patients unconscious, so they may only remember walking in and out of our office, or they may not have any memory of being at the dentist’s office at all.

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Can my child return to school after getting dental sedation?

It depends on the type of treatment that they receive and the sedation that is being used. Kids who undergo oral surgery, for example, should go straight home after their appointment no matter what. Since nitrous oxide wears off pretty quickly, most children are able to return to school after receiving laughing gas. Kids who utilize oral conscious sedation or general anesthesia should be brought home and allowed to rest and take it easy for the next 24 hours as the remaining effects of their sedation wear off.

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Is dental sedation safe?

At Brooks Pediatric Dentistry, we always ensure that the safety of our patients is the number one priority. We never use dental sedation without parent or guardian consent, and we always review the patient’s treatment plan, medical history, and medication list before administering sedation. Your child may experience some mild side effects like headache, dizziness, nausea, or fatigue, but dental sedation is considered safe for children to utilize. If you have any questions or concerns for our team, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information.

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