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 New Trained Therapy Dog
Macie was rescued from a San Antonio shelter in the summer of 2016 and has been in training to be your dental therapy dog ever since. At the time she was adopted, the vet estimated that Macie was a year and a half. We don’t know for sure but she appears to be part poodle because she is not a shedder, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because of her coloring, and West Highland Terrier because of her body shape and wonderful personality. She is cute, cuddling and oh so calming! Macie is starting out as a part-time “employee.” If you love dogs, be sure to schedule an appointment on a “Macie Work Day” so she can be your therapy dog, too. She is eager to meet you!