The Tooth Doctor
Nukala Hari Reddy, DDS
Emergency Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in North Central, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Hari Reddy is a board-certified Dental Surgeon who specializes in all aspects of dental care, including the use of sedation dentistry for patients who suffer from anxiety. At The Tooth Doctor, residents of San Antonio, Texas and many of the nearby communities can receive the dental care they need.
Sedation Dentistry Q & A
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of sedating a patient before a dental procedure or surgery. Sedation can take many forms. Mild sedation allows the person to remain in a semi-conscious state, allowing them to respond to the doctor's requests and answer questions if they arise. General anesthesia can also be used in cases where putting the patient under is the best way to be able to perform the procedure. Sedation dentistry is extremely popular with patients who are afraid of the dentist or are susceptible to panic and anxiety attacks. Dentists have several ways to help put their patients at ease during extremely long or extensive procedures.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Individuals who have had traumatic experiences in the past and are afraid of going to the dentist or undergoing extensive procedures are ideal candidates for sedation dentistry. Sedation can also be used on children who are hyperactive or who are unaccustomed to the noises, smells, and the sight of the many different machines at a dentist's office. If a person is going to undergo an extremely long procedure, sedation dentistry may be offered to them as an option. It will allow them to remain relaxed throughout the procedure without becoming uncomfortable or irritated.
Are There Side Effects From the Sedation Medication?
There are very few side effects from mild forms of sedation. Individuals who have problems either going under or coming out of general anesthesia may experience a few minor problems like upset stomach, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and irritability. Once the procedure is over, the doctor will have the patient remain in the office until all of the sedation medication has worn off. This will allow them to closely monitor the patient and document any possible side effects that may have presented as the medication was wearing off. In most cases, the doctor will recommend that the patient goes home and lie down or rest until they feel back to normal.
We accept most PPO plans and we gladly accept CareCredit. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please contact our offices.
Words from our patients
"This Dentist will speak very clearly and directly to you, one to one. If you need a dentist, go here. You will be treated right."
"Love the whole staff. They are wonderful. They have been my dentist for many years. And will continue. I try to refer patients here when I can."
"I love the tooth dr. the staff is amazing they always ask about how my family is doing and i never feel rushed. I can not say enough great things about them!"
"Everyone is professional, friendly, caring and efficient. We can't say enough good things about The Tooth Doctor. Thank you!"
"The Tooth Doctor gives excellent care in a clean and very friendly environment. Dr. Reddy is kind and gentle. His office staff and assistants are positive."
"Best dentist I have ever been to. Dr. Reddy answered all the questions I had about my procedure and did a great job."
Great Dentist and Staff. Always friendly and helpful. Never a pained visit.
"The Tooth Doctor is one of the best. He is gentle and the work is top notch! Two Implants...Dental fees are very reasonable"
"Used to hate going to the Dentist, but it is a breeze now."
"The best customer service I've experienced in any dental office..."
I was in yesterday to receive my new crown following a root canal procedure. Dr. Reddy provided a perfect, new tooth and the procedure was pain free, as always! Thank you
"Had my dentures fixed within two hours (quick trip to the lab) and just good people to be around."
"A crown fell out around 10pm and the next day by 1pm they had squeezed me into their schedule and re-cemented the crown like new."