Ease Your Dental Anxiety

Anxiety when visiting the dentist can result in an unpleasant experience. This phenomenon is more common than you’d think. In fact, one in five patients suffer from dental phobia. Fortunately, at Berchelmann Family Dental, our team of dentists provide sedation dentistry for patients to ease their fears and help them feel comfortable while visiting our practice. That way, your teeth get the care they need to remain strong and healthy.

Sedation can be a great tool to help you get the dental attention you need. Read our guide below to learn more about how you can benefit. Our practice welcomes patients in the Riverside, Sunny Slope, Highland Park, and Lavaca, TX areas.

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Berchelmann specializes in sedation dentistry, which focuses on helping patients who struggle with dental anxiety by providing them with different forms of anesthesia. When administered into the body, dental sedatives have a relaxing and drowsy effect, but still allow the patient to remain conscious during the procedure depending on the dosage.

Sedation is commonly used in a variety of dental treatments, from routine cleanings to root canal therapy. Depending on your level of anxiety and the type of procedure, our staff will make sure that you’re feeling comfortable throughout your visit.

Reasons for Sedation

There are several reasons that might make sedation a great option for patients who often consider visiting the dentist’s office as unpleasant. Some symptoms that might occur due to anxiety include:

  • Persistent sweating
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds
  • Constant body shaking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Shallow breathing

While it’s completely normal to experience any of these symptoms in a dental environment, it can make procedures uncomfortable and difficult to get through. We encourage you to mention your symptoms to Dr. Berchelmann to discover if sedation dentistry is right for you.

Benefits of Sedation

There are several advantages of dental sedation. Instead of feeling anxious, you’ll enter a relaxed state known as “twilight sleep” before your procedure. Afterwards, any drowsy or groggy effects will wear off over the course of a few minutes to a couple of hours.

Along with a more relaxed dental experience, other benefits include:

  • Fear of visiting the dentist to the point of not receiving necessary care
  • Having relatively sensitive or overly-exposed teeth
  • Resistance to local anesthesia
  • Undergoing a complicated or lengthy procedure
  • Sensitive gag reflex

Our Dental Methods

At Berchelmann Family Dental, our team of dentists are committed to providing you with a stress-free and painless office experience. When you’re under sedation, we can work on your teeth more efficiently and ensure that your procedure won’t last as long. Our team can give you the best results with a combination of sedation and painless cleaning techniques.

  • Nitrous Oxide: We offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, for patients with mild to moderate forms of dental anxiety. Because no needles are involved, we can administer nitrous oxide sedation quickly, safely, and effectively to help you relax.
  • Cleaning Technique: Our UltraSonic Cleaning is one of the fastest, most effective cleaning methods currently available in dentistry. This painlessly removes plaque and tartar, ensuring your experience is quick and simple.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sedation the same as general anesthesia?

Sedation is not the same as general anesthesia, which is typically used for patients who are undergoing surgery. We administer nitrous oxide through a mask for immediate relaxation. Unlike anesthesia, you can still respond to verbal stimuli since you’re still conscious. The recovery time is also faster, making sedation a safer option.

How long does sedation last?

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 the length of your procedure. Towards the end of your initial consultation, our sedation dentist Dr. Berchelmann will explain any necessary information about our sedation options as well as answer any questions you may have.

Will I be monitored throughout my dental procedure?

You’ll be monitored by our highly trained staff throughout your entire dental procedure. We’ll also check your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal, healthy level. Dr. Berchelmann and our team will be with you every step of the way to ensure you have a comfortable experience with us at our San Antonio office.

Are there any long-term side effects with sedation?

There aren’t any negative long-term effects of using sedation dentistry. It’s likely you’ll feel groggy and dazed after your procedure since our staff will apply nitrous oxide. However, this should subside on its own within a few hours so that you feel completely normal. We recommend arranging a ride to take you home after your procedure.

Have a Relaxing Visit With Sedation Dentistry

At Berchelmann Family Dental, our sedation options give patients the comfort they need while receiving vital dental care. That’s why we pride ourselves in giving you the best experience possible so that your teeth remain healthy and beautiful for years to come.

The next time you visit our dental practice, leave the worrying to us. Contact our San Antonio dentist today by calling (210) 336-8478 or by filling out an online contact form below to schedule a consultation. Our team proudly serves patients who reside in the Riverside, Sunny Slope, Highland Park, and Lavaca, TX areas.