We are a compassionate dental practice, and we understand that
treatments create much anxiety for some patients. We can help
you to relieve your fears and make visits to the dentists easy
with conscious sedation dentistry.
We are one of the few offices in the state that has the training
and qualifications to utilize both oral and IV sedation for our
patients. Sometimes only lighter sedation is needed, so we use
nitrous oxide or laughing gas.
With oral conscious sedation, you take a pill one hour before
your treatment time. Before treatment begins, you will gradually
reach a very calm state but still be conscious to respond to
questions from the doctor. Your vital signs are monitored while
the work is being performed. After your procedure is completed,
you will have someone drive you home. In only an hour, you are
back to normal.
IV sedation, you have the highest level of sedation in the
shortest amount of time to take effect. The advantage over
taking a pill is that the sedation level can be completely
controlled, as the medication is given directly into the
bloodstream. This approach is very safe and accurate. You will
not remember the procedure and time goes by quickly – an hour in
the chair will seem like two minutes. IV sedation can be used
for longer appointments for more extensive work, as well as
relieving the anxieties of fearful patients.
Some patients have even greater fear of being “put under.” You
are not completely “knocked out” as for surgery. The sedation
level is enough to forget the procedure but still have control
of your perception of what is happening around you. It releases
any stress and lets you feel comfortable while the work is being
Call our office at (510) 530-7000
to determine how sedation dentistry can make your dental visit
comfortable and relaxed.