Ease Your Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a common condition that affects nearly one in five patients. Unfortunately, this heightened stress can deter patients from going to the dentist or seeking help for oral health-related issues. At Berchelmann Family Dentistry, we don’t want anyone to suffer from pain or feel fearful about the dentist’s, which is why we offer premier sedation dentistry options.

Sedation dentistry is a great tool to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures. It allows you to receive the care you need without pain or discomfort. Explore our guide below to learn more about sedation dentistry and the different available techniques.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Not everyone is aware of sedation dentistry or has knowledge about how it can help. It’s a safe and effective area of dentistry that helps relax a patient and, in most cases, allows them to remain conscious. 

There are several symptoms that might make the experience at a dentist’s office unpleasant, and those ailments are what sedation dentistry is designed to combat and reduce. Some of the symptoms that might occur when at the dentist’s, or when thinking about going include:

  • Sweating
  • Sensitivity to lights
  • Sensitivity to sounds of dental work
  • Shaking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness or uneasiness
  • Shallow breathing

It’s completely normal to experience any of these symptoms in a dental environment, however, they can make dental procedures uncomfortable and difficult to get through. Consider mentioning your symptoms to Dr. Berchelmann so that you can discuss if sedation dentistry is the right option for you.

Reasons For Sedation

While anxiety symptoms are the main reason for patients to receive sedation dentistry, there are related situations sedation can help alleviate, such as:

  • Previous negative dental experiences
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Bad gag reflex
  • Sensitive oral nerves
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Fear of needles
  • Resistance to numbing agents

Our Sedation Methods

We understand that dental anxiety and extenuating circumstances can be difficult to navigate, and we’re committed to providing a stress-free and painless dental experience for you. When you’re under sedation we can work more efficiently and ensure that, even though you’re relaxed, we don’t keep you in the office for too long. We use a combination of sedation and painless cleaning techniques to get you the best results in the calmest environment possible.

For sedation, we offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. This technique allows us to administer stress relief quickly, safely, and effectively. There are no needles involved, and you’ll feel relaxed almost immediately. 

This method is best for those suffering from mild to moderate forms of dental anxiety. If you have heightened stress levels, inform Dr. Berchelmann during your consultation, and we will work to find an appropriate treatment solution.

Our cleaning technique is called UltraSonic Cleaning. It’s one of the fastest, most effective cleaning methods currently available in dentistry. UltraSonic Cleaning rapidly and painlessly removes plaque and tartar, ensuring your experience is quick and simple.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

At Berchelmann Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing a positive, relaxed dental experience. Your comfort while in our care is our top priority. To learn more about our sedation dentistry or schedule an initial consultation, call our San Antonio office at (210) 336-8478. Our skilled team is ready to help make sure your experience is relaxed and enjoyable!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I benefit from dental sedation?

Dr. Berchelmann recommends sedation for patients with dental anxiety and fear so they can receive necessary care and treatment. You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you:

  • Feel tense, nervous, or anxious before an appointment
  • Become scared at the sight of dental instruments
  • Have trouble breathing or feel panicked in the office
How long will I be sedated?

Dental sedation can last anywhere from two to six hours, depending on a number of factors. This includes the method used, strength of sedation, and length of your procedure. Before your procedure, Dr. Berchelmann will explain any necessary information and answer any questions you may have.

Will I be monitored?

Yes! You will be monitored by our highly trained staff throughout the entire process. We’ll also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal, healthy level. From the moment you walk into our office, we’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure you have a comfortable experience with us.

Are there any long-term effects of sedation?

No, there aren’t any long-term effects of sedation. It’s likely you’ll feel groggy and dazed after your procedure when using nitrous oxide. However, this should subside within a few hours and we strongly suggest that you plan a designated driver to take you home after your procedure.