Sedation Candidates Have:
- High fear
- Had traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Limited time to complete their dental care
- Complex dental problems
- A fear of needles and shots
- An aversion to the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care
Types of Sedation We Offer
As a leading sleep dentist, Dr. Andrea Joy Smith offers patients a number of options concerning dental sedation in Sacramento, CA. Depending on the severity of your anxiety and the type of procedure you are having, Dr. Smith may provide you with one of the following:
• Oral Sedation
• Intravenous Conscious Sedation
• Nitrous Oxide with Local Anesthetic
Sedation Options in Sacramento, CA Oral Sedation
Oral sedation is a way to relieve patient anxiety without using needles or IV tubes. This is a great solution for patients who are afraid of needles or injections. About one hour before the appointment, your sleep dentist will ask you to take a small pill that will make you drowsy. By the time the procedure begins, you should be feeling very relaxed and calm about the situation. During the procedure, your vital signs will be monitored to ensure your comfort.
This is usually used for patients with moderate to severe anxiety. Just as the name suggests, anti-anxiety drugs are administered through an IV so that Dr. Smith can have complete control over how much is put into the bloodstream. We will keep a close eye on heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and breathing rates to make sure you are safe during the procedure. As a leading sleep dentist, Dr. Smith has completed the required training procedure to become certified to administer IV sedation.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is the most commonly used sedation technique. In fact, 35 percent of U.S. dental professionals use it. Within five minutes of inhaling the colorless, odorless gas, patients experience a euphoric feeling that spreads throughout the body. Local anesthetic is then administered to reduce discomfort during the procedure. After the gas is turned off by your sleep dentist, you will return to normal within minutes and be able to drive home safely. This is also great for patients afraid of needles or injections.
By using our sedation methods, we can provide the dental treatment you need with a stress free, relaxed experience. To learn more about dental sedation in Sacramento, CA, contact Dr. Smith and schedule your consultation today!