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Are There Side Effects to Dental Sedation?

Closeup of a woman with a nose mask receiving nitrous oxide dental sedation

Our South Texas Smiles team prioritizes patient safety, education, and comfort. When it comes to your oral healthcare, we want you to have the information you need to make informed decisions. In this blog post, we discuss our safe sedation dentistry options to help you decide if dental sedation is right for you!

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling gas inhaled via a nose mask. It helps patients feel calm and relaxed, and is effective for mild to moderate dental anxiety. This form of sedation is even safe for kids! After the nose mask is removed and the patient breathes regular air, they feel completely back to normal. Nitrous oxide has no lingering effects, so you can drive yourself home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation consists of a prescribed pill that patients take before their appointment starts. Compared to nitrous oxide, this form of dental sedation puts patients into a deeper state of relaxation. It can make patients feel slightly drowsy, but it does not fully put them to sleep during their dental visit. Because of this, patients will need someone to drive them to and from their appointment. Other possible side effects can include dry mouth, nausea, or dizziness, though not everyone experiences these.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is one of the strongest forms of dental sedation. Liquid anti-anxiety medication is administered through an IV. This form of sedation sends patients into a sleep-like state. Our team closely monitors patients receiving IV sedation to prevent any complications. After the procedure is complete, patients will need a ride home and should plan on resting the remainder of the day.

Consult with Our Team!

We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible while they’re receiving care at our office. Sedation dentistry could be just what you need to have a positive dental experience if you have dental anxiety or a complex dental procedure coming up. Contact us today to learn more about how dental sedation can help put you at ease!

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10007 Huebner Rd., Ste. 103 D
San Antonio, TX 78240

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