For those patients who like a little extra help to feel comfortable during treatment, Dr. Chu and his Staff have created a unique menu of Comfort Plan Options that are available to you to make your dental experience the very best! Our Comfort Options include:
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a gas that helps you to feel more relaxed and decreases anxiety. The recovery time is very short, so you will be able to drive yourself home. Nitrous oxide is best used for patients with mild anxiety, who will be having a short dental procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation (Pills)
This method involves taking a pill about an hour before your treatment. This will make you feel relaxed and drowsy. You will remain awake and be able to interact with and respond to the dentist. Occasionally, nitrous oxide may be used in addition to oral medication to reach the desired effect. The sedative effects can last many hours, so you will need to have a responsible adult drive you home.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation (Twilight Sleep)
Sedation produces a lowered level of consciousness so that you may undergo dental treatment in a “twilight sleep.” You will be semi-conscious with the ability to respond but will have little or no memory of the procedure. This modality allows the dentist to customize the dose making it predictable and comfortable for you right in the dental office. If you are a healthy patient with moderate to severe anxiety, sedation may be a good choice for you. Individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities may benefit from IV Sedation, as well.
General anesthesia produces a state of unconsciousness wherein you are completely asleep during your treatment. It is performed in a surgical center or hospital by an anesthesiologist. If you have a complex medical condition or an extreme phobia, this option may be right for you. Individuals with special needs – physical or mental disabilities, often benefit from treatment under general anesthesia. It can also be the ideal method when multiple procedures need to be accomplished in one visit.
Macie, C.G.C. (Canine Good Citizen Certified)
Our Certified Therapy Dog
Meet Macie, our cute, cuddly and calming therapy dog who loves helping children and adults relax during their dental visits! With a skip in her step and a wag in her tail, Macie eagerly walks around in her monogrammed scrubs or cute holiday costume to calm her patients.
Macie was adopted from a San Antonio rescue group in the summer of 2016 and is now a certified therapy dog. She is approximately 4 years old and her vet says she appears to be a poodle mix who has hair instead of fur so she is not a shedder.
Macie has been a part-time “employee” for over a year now. She has made such a great impact in our community and has changed the dental experience so that everyone can look forward to their dental visit in our friendly, comforting environment.
If you’re a dog lover, be sure to schedule your appointment on a “Macie Work Day” (most Thursdays and Fridays) so she can be your therapy dog, too. She will make your dental visit a joyous experience! She is eager to meet you!
Macie Helping Patients Of All Ages Enjoy Their Dental Visit
If you are interested in any of these comfort options, please contact our friendly staff to make an appointment.