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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry services offered in Sacramento, CA

If you experience dental anxiety or fear, sedation dentistry can help you relax and feel more comfortable during your appointments. At Sierra Oaks Dental in Sacramento, California, Peter Kim, DDS, and his team specialize in providing safe and effective sedation dentistry options for patients who may benefit from this treatment. Call the office to learn more about your options or schedule an appointment online today.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures. If you experience dental anxiety or phobias, sedation techniques ensure you get the care you need in a stress-free environment. Sedation can range from mild relaxation to deep unconsciousness, depending on your unique situation and the type of sedation used.

Are there different types of sedation dentistry?

There are multiple types of sedation dentistry, but the most popular techniques at Sierra Oaks Dental are:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless gas that helps you relax during dental treatments. It’s mixed with oxygen and administered through a small mask that the team places over your nose. Once you inhale the gas, it takes effect within seconds. 

Nitrous oxide is one of the safest forms of sedation for children and adults. It wears off shortly after you remove the mask, so you can resume your normal activities immediately. It’s the only type of sedation that allows you to drive yourself home after taking it.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill about one hour before your procedure. The medication allows for deep relaxation to take your mind off of your dental work. While you’re conscious, you may not be aware of your surroundings. 

Some people slip in and out of sleep during oral conscious sedation, so you can complete extensive dental work even if you feel uncomfortable visiting the dentist.

If you opt for oral conscious sedation, you must coordinate a ride home with a trusted friend or relative.

Who should consider sedation dentistry?

Many people can benefit from sedation dentistry, particularly if you feel uncomfortable receiving dental work. The Sierra Oaks Dental team may recommend sedation if you:

  • Have dental anxiety or phobias
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Struggle to sit still for long periods
  • Are sensitive to noises and smells
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have special needs

Sedation dentistry can also save time and allows you to undergo lengthy dental procedures that may otherwise require multiple appointments.

Call Sierra Oaks Dental to learn more about sedation dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.