Dentistry for Anxious Patients

Through the modern miracle of sedation dentistry, dentists can treat anxious patients and often accomplish dental work in one or two visits that may have required many more visits without it. Nitrous oxide and intravenous (I.V.) sedation are the two conscious sedation techniques most commonly used to help patients relax.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Sedation with nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, decreases anxiety and promotes relaxation while you remain conscious. Nitrous oxide and oxygen are mixed together and then inhaled through a mask that covers the nose and mouth prior to having a dental procedure performed to produce sensations of lightheadedness, relaxation, and a comfortable, warm-all-over feeling. Safe, effective, and non-invasive, nitrous oxide is the sedation method of choice for anxious or fearful patients.

Sedation Dentistry

Through the modern miracles of sedation dentistry, dentists can now safely treat anxious patients and often accomplish all dental work in one visit that may have required many more visits without it.

Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is not uncommon. In fact, many people avoid dental treatments altogether, as the stress and anxiety can be overwhelming. As a result, dental health deteriorates, but with sedation dentistry, offered at our practice, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without the stress and fear of the dental procedures.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
Nearly all patients are candidates for sedation dentistry. But sedation dentistry can help patients who have….

  • High fear and anxiety for dental treatment
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care
  • Inability to control movements due to conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or cerebral palsy

If you are one of those patients who hate needles, shots and the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care, call our office for a consultation with our doctor and see how you can be benefitted. Don’t let anxiety and fears come in the way of your dental care!

How does Oral Sedation work?
For dental treatment under oral sedation, you will take a small sedative pill an hour before you come to the office. This will help you feel relaxed and sleepy and by the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy. It is necessary to have a responsible adult accompany you to the office. During your dental treatment, a trained assistant will be with you monitoring vital signs. Our doctor and our experienced team will perform all necessary dental work and though you are in a deeply relaxed state, you will be responsive to any questions or requests. When the procedures are complete, you will be gently awakened and will have no memory of your treatment.

Frequently asked questions and concerns about Sedation Dentistry

The DOCS sedation technique is approved by the California dental board as a safe procedure to treat anxious patients. The doctor will give you a small pill prior to treatment, no intravenous tubes or needles are used.

Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.

No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, but you will be responsive to questions and requests

Yes, one of my experienced team assistant is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

Depending on your needs and the length of the procedures performed, you may be sedated from two to six hours.

Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need a responsible adult to drive you to our office and home again.