Sedation Dentistry Archives | William J. Stewart Jr. DDS | William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

Sedation Dentistry

San Antonio sleep dentistry

Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia impact many San Antonio people, including some William J. Stewart Jr. DDS patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this vital topic.

What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia?
The most harmful consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.

Furthermore, there are usually many other dental issues in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.

There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth.

If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to protect my oral health?

Schedule an appointment with me, Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. There are several specific fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most common concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your individual fears and discuss them.

I have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. I explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, I assure the patient that I have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock me. I never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though I do give friendly instruction if requested.

If local anesthetic is necessary, I employ my finely-honed methods which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue me to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.

These practices go a long way to calm anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is necessary immediately. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my patient-centered and detail oriented team.

What if I need more help to get through treatment?
In the San Antonio dental community, the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are both used, however, they are not exactly the same thing. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Level 1: Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, or, informally, “laughing gas” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in San Antonio cosmetic dental offices for decades because in many ways it is the ideal mild sedative. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed. And no needles are required – an essential feature for the needle-phobic.

Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as quickly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually cause complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by San Antonio dentists to assuage patient’s fears are diazepam and triazolam.

Level 3: IV Sedation
IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is beneficial for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.

To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, or any other dental topic, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-428-6535.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas


Sleep Dentistry At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On August 28, 2015, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some Texas residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

In addition to sedation dentistry, at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we offer our San Antonio patients a variety of procedures, including sedation dentistry, dental crowns, root canals, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the patient-centered and detail oriented team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS will give you something to smile about!

For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 210-428-6535.

We are located at 13220 Huebner Rd   San Antonio, Texas 78230  Call today!

Sedation Dentistry In San Antonio For Kids And Parents

On June 28, 2013, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry In San Antonio For Kids And Parents

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we know that many San Antonio children fear going to the dentist. I am William Stewart and my staff and I at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS want to make your child’s first visit to my San Antonio practice a positive experience. Regular dental check-ups from toddler age are an essential part of oral hygiene.

Texas parents can follow these guidelines to help prepare their child for a dental visit.

1. Talk about the exam with your child. Answer any questions with uncomplicated answers.
2. Don’t share your bad dental experiences with your child.
3. Don’t imply that the exam will be painful.
4. Help your child understand that this is an important part of staying healthy.
5. Don’t offer a reward for visiting the dentist.

It is important for parents to make sure they aren’t anxious about San Antonio dental visits because children can sense their stress.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we have been treating children and adults since 1981. Our professional, friendly staff can calm the nerves of a fearful child and help them have a gentle dental experience.

If you or your San Antonio child has had a bad dental experience or is unable to stay calm while visiting the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry. We want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving excellent dental care.

For simple dental procedures topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing oral sensation. If you require more sedation, nitrous oxide and conscious sedation are safe solutions.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS also offers complete smile makeovers which may include dental implants, teeth whitening, dental veneers, or any other cosmetic dental procedures required. All of these can be done with some type of sedation if required.

Don’t let your fears or your child’s fears keep your child from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today!

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in San Antonio

On February 15, 2013, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in San Antonio

Pain isn’t fun. Your San Antonio dentist knows this, and that is why the dental team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in San Antonio dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue so they only numb the very surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Shavano Park and San Antonio dentists numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or before certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may necessitate the need for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sedation dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

It is very common for your dentist to recommend an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your San Antonio cosmetic dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

I’m Dr. William Stewart and I want San Antonio residents to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the San Antonio area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 210-493-3040. Our patient-centered and detail oriented staff would be happy to talk to you about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dental crowns, and the other services we offer.

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio TX 78230

Dentist Shavano Park If you live near San Antonio and experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, oral sedation is for you.

Conscious sedation dentistry is available in San Antonio at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We have been providing sedation dentistry in San Antonio for several years with excellent outcomes. Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for our nervous cosmetic and restorative dentistry clients in the San Antonio area.

Though it may sound impossible, with oral conscious sedation, San Antonio dentistry patients can actually relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety for our San Antonio patients, and oral conscious sedation can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty controlling body movement
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections

If you need dental work more extensive than a filling; such as a root canal, dental implant, crown replacement or wisdom tooth extraction; call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040. When you come to our office at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio, we can give you more information about sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is only one of the services we offer at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, where your smile is our top priority!

Sedation Dentistry San Antonio

Hello San Antonio dental blog visitors, welcome to the William J. Stewart Jr. DDS blog. I am Dr. William Stewart and I specialize in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern San Antonio sedation dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two short office visits.

My friend’s anxiety was diminished when she knew what to expect. If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your San Antonio cosmetic dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today. We are accepting new San Antonio dentistry patients at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS.

My staff and I at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS offer invisible braces, fast teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and all general and preventative dental procedures.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry to ease your dental anxiety, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe For San Antonio?

On December 9, 2011, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Affordable Allen Park Dentistry Sedation When I discuss sedation dentistry with new San Antonio cosmetic dentistry patients, I encounter many misconceptions. The purpose of today’s William J. Stewart Jr. DDS general dentistry article is to de-bunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

Myth #1: With San Antonio Sedation Dentistry, You Are Completely Unconscious

Some nervous San Antonio dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

Myth #2: San Antonio Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous San Antonio sedation dentistry clients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

Myth #3: Most Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover San Antonio Sedation Dentistry

Some dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your dental insurance benefits.

Myth #4: San Antonio Sedation Dentistry Is Still Experimental

Cosmetic dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Dentist William J. Stewart Jr. DDS meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of San Antonio dental patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at or 210-493-3040 today to schedule a sedation consultation.

Sedation Dentistry In San Antonio

On July 29, 2011, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

San Antonio sedation dentistry Many San Antonio dentistry patients have discovered the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sedation dentistry). There are three main types of sedation options available in the San Antonio area.


Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in San Antonio cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work quickly, but then wears off as soon as the San Antonio dental patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide can produce warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous San Antonio dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by San Antonio physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.

Oral conscious sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. A San Antonio conscious sedation patient should not plan to drive home after undergoing oral sedation.

IV Sedation

Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the entire procedure and wake up calm and relaxed.

To schedule a sedation consultation, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040. We have the answer for your dental anxiety.

Oral Conscious Sedation

On June 24, 2011, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Oral Conscious Sedation Some people experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment. With oral conscious sedation, it is possible to relax during dental procedures instead of being tense and fearful. Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry are all terms used to describe this type of treatment. In addition to alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation can help patients with a variety of conditions.

You may want to consider oral conscious sedation if you have any of the following issues:

  • Strong gag reflex
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A history of negative dental experiences
  • Trouble controlling body movement due to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or related condition
  • Need extensive dental treatment requiring lengthy dental visits such as dental implants

If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these factors, give us a call at 210-493-3040. We can give you more information about sedation dentistry options and help you determine which one is right for you. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we do all we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We look forward to discussing your oral health and cosmetic dentistry goals.

Serving San Antonio dental patients since 1981.

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles

Sedation Dentistry in San Antonio

On March 17, 2011, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in San Antonio Picture the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at your San Antonio dentist’s office holding a remote as you try to tune into your favorite Texas radio station. An assistant clips a paper bib around your neck. Someone switches on a bright overhead light and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. You close your eyes.

As you read this, does your heart begin racing? Are your palms sweaty?

If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation benefits nervous dental patients in San Antonio every day. Moderate sedation is used for all types of San Antonio dental procedures such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal. If you are considering extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, conscious sedation may allow your San Antonio dentist to complete multiple procedures in a single visit.

Don’t let fear prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Schedule a visit with cosmetic dentist Dr. William Stewart to learn about conscious sedation dentistry.

  • Dr. William Stewart DDS
  • William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
  • Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Road in San Antonio, Texas 78230.

Give us a call at 210-493-3040 or find us on the Web at: