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Anesthesia and Sedation

General Anesthesia and Sedation

  • Local Anesthesia numbs a small part of the body for minor procedures. For example, you may get a shot of medicine directly into the surgical area to block pain. You may stay awake during the procedure. Anesthesia may be used to:
  • Relax you
  • Block out pain
  • Make you feel sleepy or forgetful,
  • Make you unconscious for your surgery.
  • Remove fear
What is Sedation Dentistry?
  • Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
  • The levels of sedation used may include:
  • Minimal sedation- you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation ( formerly called “ conscious sedation”) – you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation- you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia- you are completely unconscious.

What is Nitrous Oxide and how does it work?
  • Nitrous Oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
  • Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called “ laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to you to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to out you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any request or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you will start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Nitrous Oxide is the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated, having a rapid onset, and is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergenic. You will remain fully conscious which keeps all natural reflexes when breathing the gases. He or she will be capable of driving home immediately. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wears off soon after mask is removed.
  • However, you should inform our office regarding if you are pregnant, and or any respiratory condition that makes breathing through a mask difficult for you or your child. Talk to your dentist about whether nitrous oxide is good for you

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Babcock Office:
5460 Babcock Rd., Suite 105
San Antonio, TX 78240
Phone: 210-694-4999

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1114 SW Military Dr., Suite 112
San Antonio, TX 78221
Phone: 210-923-5422

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In Business Since 1999