Sedation dentistry involves the use of prescription drugs called sedatives to calm a patient and put them in a relaxed state during their dental procedures. The introduction of sedation techniques in dentistry has enabled patients with dental anxiety and phobia to undergo complex treatments and procedures with ease.
Sedatives work by depressing the central nervous system to allow patients to feel relaxed and have a safe and comfortable dental experience. Sedation is appropriate for people with anxiety that keeps them from going to the dentist. It may also be suitable for people who have a low pain threshold, people with very sensitive teeth, or a bad gag reflex, and patients who need a large amount of dental work completed in a single sitting.
At Dentistry of East Sacramento, we offer the following sedation options:
Local Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is an injection that temporarily numbs the nerves in the area of treatment. This prevents a patient from feeling pain during their procedures. Anesthesia is given at the treatment site before the procedure begins.
Oral Sedation: As the name suggests, an oral sedative is a pill that a patient can take a little while before the commencement of their dental treatment. The sedative relaxes them and puts them at ease during their oral care procedure. The dosage can be adjusted to produce mild to moderate sedation effects. Most people have no memory of their procedures.
Laughing Gas: Laughing gas is given to a patient using a mask placed on their nose. We can control the sedation levels during the treatment. The gas produces a light-headed feeling which wears off soon after the procedure is over, and the patient breathes normal air.
To learn more, please contact our office at (916) 299-0499. We are located at 1005 39th St. Sacramento , CA 95816.