Our endodontists, Drs. Rick Davis and Rick Schwartz use advanced techniques and technologies to provide patient comfort and optimal treatment outcomes. Safe sedative options complement root canal therapy and endodontic surgery. When performed under sedation, these treatments are tolerated well by even the most anxious, fearful, fidgety, and apprehensive patients. It is also very effective for patients who gag easily.
Sedation refers to using medication to produce a state of relaxation or calm. Sedatives may be administered in a variety of different ways. Depending on the method and dose of the sedative used, patients may become so relaxed that they doze off. Sedative dentistry can also induce deep sleep.
Our specialists will work with you to determine the best sedative method. Factors that can influence our recommended “method” of choice include the type of procedure you are undergoing and your unique needs. For instance, patients with less severe anxiety may benefit from “minimal” sedation with “laughing gas.” This relaxing gas, nitrous oxide, is delivered via a nasal mask. Effects are felt quickly but do not linger. We have you breath oxygen for a few minutes at the end of the procedure to clear nitrous gas from your system so you can safely drive home from our office (with no lingering drowsiness).
Deeper levels of sedation may be required for individuals with more moderate to severe dental fear and apprehension. Conscious oral sedation and Intravenous (IV) sedation produce progressively more sedation and may be recommended for patients undergoing complex, multiple, or lengthy treatments. Oral sedation involves taking a pill orally (by mouth) as directed by one of our specialists, Dr. Davis or Dr. Schwartz. IV sedation involves delivering the sedative drug intravenously through a vein in your arm. Both of these methods are associated with lingering effects so you will need to arrange transportation to and from our office.
Our specialists have extensive knowledge and experience with both advanced endodontic treatments and sedation dentistry. Our primary concern is your comfort and safety. While you are sedated you will be connected to monitors which continuously monitor your vital signs and blood oxygen levels. In addition to the sedation we also deliver localized anesthetic to the treatment site, as usual. The anesthetic numbs the area, while the sedation puts fearful patients at ease (and usually to sleep). Fear or anxiety is not something to be ashamed of; many patients have apprehension about visiting dentists or doctor’s offices. If you are in need of root canal treatment and think you may be interested in sedation, call (210) 405-0473 with questions or to schedule a short evaluation appointment at our office in San Antonio, TX, today.