Q. Is Dental Anesthesia safe?

Safety is our priority. The safety record of in-office anesthesia provided by a dentist anesthesiologist is unsurpassed by any other system of anesthesia delivery. The dentist anesthesiologist focuses solely on monitoring the patient and ensuring their comfort while the treating dentist completes the dental treatment.

Q. Why does your office offer Dental Anesthesia?

We offer Dental Anesthesia because we believe that your safety and comfort should not be compromised in order to receive dental treatment. Dental Anesthesia allows young, pre cooperative patients or those who have been traumatized by a bad experience to be treated comfortably.

Q. Why is your practice a good choice for anxious patients?

We strive to make the dental appointment an enjoyable experience. We know that when a child or an anxious patient has a bad experience, dental care may be delayed. This can compromise dental health, potentially making the next visit even more stressful.

Q. If my dental health is poor, will I have to have multiple appointments?

Using Dental Anesthesia, dental health is often restored in one visit. It is our goal that, after the initial visit, children and anxious patients can return for exams, cleanings and small treatments without needing anesthesia.

Q. Who is a good candidate for Dental Anesthesia?

A wide range of patients can be treated in the office without sacrificing the quality of care or traumatizing patient. This treatment is perfect for very young children, patients with special needs, and those who are anxious.

Q. Is there more than one kind of Dental Anesthesia?

There is a wide range of anesthesia services available, ranging from local anesthetic, to nitrous oxide (laughing gas), minimal, moderate, deep sedation and general anesthesia. Based on your medical history and the dental treatment, we will work with you to decide what the best option is for you.

Q. What’s the difference between nitrous oxide and full sedation?

When a patient is sedated using nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) the patient is relaxed but may have some memory of the experience. This kind of sedation (Level 3) is fairly common in dental offices but may not be preferred for those who have special needs or are especially sensitive to the lights and sounds of a dental office. Under full sedation, the patient is fully “asleep” and will have no recollection of the procedure. Only a few dental offices have a certification for this kind of sedation, (Level 2). Oasis Family Dental was specifically designed for Level 2 certification and is currently the only office in south Texas with this certification.  Ask us for more details about the different kinds of sedation available when you schedule your next appointment.

Q. What if I have more questions?

We will take time to address questions and concerns prior to the appointment and do an appropriate workup including consulting with physician regarding any special considerations based on health history. Please contact our office with any additional questions or save them for your first appointment!  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.