Sedation Dentistry FAQ

Is sedation dentistry safe?

All of the sedation medications we use at Dr. Stewart’s office are approved and recommended by the ADA and are widely recognized as being safe and effective. Many patients ask “What is sedation dentistry?” We perform oral conscious sedation (which means you won’t be asleep during the procedure) using laughing gas or anti-anxiety medications. The ADA has classified laughing gas as “a safe, effective sedative agent” and it is one of the most widely used medications for helping patients relax during dental procedures or those who have dental phobia.

With sedation dentistry, will I remember the procedure?

While you may remember interacting with Dr. Stewart and our friendly staff prior to dental sedation, you will have no memory of the actual dental procedure.  Stacey, one of our patients with a strong dental phobia, said this of her conscious sedation experience: “I was amazed that I couldn’t remember anything about the procedure. After the appointment, I felt great and had a beautiful smile. Thank you Dr. Stewart!” Dental sedation can help you as well!

I’ve lost a tooth! What can I do to fix it?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. If you get a dental implant, you will have a new tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Implants don’t need any special care (beyond regular dental checkups) so they’re a great option. Other options for missing teeth that Dr. William Stewart can help you with include dental bridges and dentures, both of which can provide an attractive smile and a steady chewing surface. Using a dental sedation may help with your recovery.

Is there any reason other than cosmetic to fix a missing tooth?

It’s a good idea to take care of missing teeth promptly since a gap in your smile is more than a cosmetic thing. A lost tooth makes it difficult to chew and eat comfortably, which can negatively affect your eating habits, often making it hard to eat fruits and vegetables. It may also interfere with your speech, since your tongue presses against certain teeth to make certain sounds. One lost tooth can also contribute to having other teeth fall out. If you need more than one procedure, sedation dentistry can reduce the amount of time spent in our San Antonio office.

Do you offer cosmetic dentistry services?

Yes, Dr. Stewart is also a cosmetic dentist and offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including teeth whitening, veneers, tooth colored fillings, clear braces, porcelain crowns, and complete smile makeovers. If you want to learn more about what cosmetic dentistry could do for your smile, call us or visit our main site today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

Call our office today for information or an appointment. Don’t let dental phobia or any dental issue affect your overall well-being. No matter what your dental phobia is or what dental need you have, let us be your dental partner to help you get a dazzling smile!