The thought of getting your teeth cleaned may keep you away from the dentist, but sedation dentistry is helping more patients relax and making dentistry easier for many people.  According to the American Dental Association, sedation has helped people of all ages with various various levels of fear and anxiety to get care with ease.

When it comes to sedation for children, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics wrote specific guidelines in 2016 outlining protocols to ensure the safety of pediatric sedation.

Dentists are required to complete specific training in order to administer sedation. At Advanced Smile Care, we offer four customized options that are not only safe, but also effective to ensure our procedures are comfortable for you.


1. Nitrous Oxide: This option is best for those of you with a small amount of anxiety and a short procedure. This is offered to all patients and at no cost.

2. Oral conscious sedation: This medication is ideal for patients who fear needles or do not like sharp instruments. This process is easy and requires no needles, and so, it is now the most common technique used in the United States and Canada to quell patient fears. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember their visit and some even snooze through the treatment! While sedation dentistry  occasionally is called “sleep dentistry,” sleep is not is guaranteed.

3. IV conscious sedation: This is a deeper form of sedation which is administered intravenously.  This method of sedation is for patients who need to be more deeply sedated than oral conscious sedation.

4. General Anesthesia sedation: An anesthesiologist will administer this medication to patients. This process is used for patients who need to be unconscious for their dental treatment.  We have also worked with special needs patients who require general anesthesia.

If you have additional questions about sedation dentistry and which option may be best for you, we are available to answer your questions! Remember, our dentists will always keep you in the loop and share your treatment steps with you. Dr. Laura Benjamin of Advanced Smile Care says sedation doesn’t have to be scary.

“The one thing that people are most afraid of when they go to the dentist, is not being in control of what’s happening,” said Dr. Benjamin. “I absolutely never proceed on a patient if they’re uncomfortable in any way.”

Advanced Smile Care has a track record of more than 20 years of providing sedation dentistry. We started working in this field at a time when many dental practices in San Antonio did not offer these services. We have helped thousands of patients get over their fears of the dentist with our top-tier sedation expertise.

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