Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
in San Antonio, TX

As a pediatric dental office, we understand when kids are scared to visit the dentist. Even children who put on a brave face should not have to suffer from dental anxiety if they don’t have to! That’s why we are proud to offer safe and effective sedation services that can help kids have more pleasant and positive experiences in our office. To learn more about our sedation services, please contact our friendly front office team!

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Do you feel pain when dental sedation is used?

At Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces, we are focused on providing comfortable care for our patients that is as painless as possible. If your child is undergoing a restorative treatment like a filling or root canal, our team will administer a local anesthetic to completely numb their teeth and gums in addition to their sedation. We will also provide aftercare instructions for pain management if necessary. If your child has anxiety or trouble sitting still and they need sedation for routine visits, they should not feel any pain since routine care should be painless.

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Does dental sedation come with side effects?

It’s not uncommon for patients to feel a bit tired or out of it after dental sedation is used, especially if their treatment took longer than a routine dental appointment. Patients may also experience side effects like headache, nausea, dry mouth, and dizziness. These side effects should be mild and disappear within 12 to 24 hours. If you are concerned about your child’s reaction to their treatment, please feel free to contact our office, and we will assess your child’s symptoms and offer guidance from there.

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Can my child return to school after receiving sedation?

It depends on the treatment they received and the sedation that was used. The effects of laughing gas wear off within a few minutes of breathing normal air, so if your child needs laughing gas to stay calm during a routine cleaning and exam, they should be fine to return to school. It takes much longer for all of the effects of oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia to wear off, so patients should go home and rest for the remainder of the day. If your child undergoes a complex restorative procedure like oral surgery, they should not return to school after their appointment regardless of the sedation that was used.

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