Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Swati Agarwal, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

If you’re among the 15% of the United States population with dental anxiety, Swati Agarwal, DDS, in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, California, can help with sedation dentistry. Don’t avoid the dentist for necessary preventive or restorative dentistry. The in-office dental anesthesiologist can help you sit back and relax while your teeth receive care. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call the practice or schedule an appointment online.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows people with dental anxiety to comfortably receive dental treatments. If dental anxiety prevents you from seeing a dentist, sedation dentistry is an ideal solution to ensure you maintain good oral health.  

The office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, offers several sedation dentistry options, including:

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation
  • General anesthesia

Dr. Agarwal works with you to determine the best sedation option for your needs.

What is conscious sedation dentistry?

Conscious sedation dentistry means you remain awake during your treatment. If you receive conscious sedation, you can respond to the directions from the dentist, but your sensations seem at a distance. You may have little to no memory of the treatment after it is over.

Conscious sedation options at Swati Agarwal, DDS, include oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed oral medication just before your appointment. You should be completely relaxed by the time treatment begins. You need someone to drive you to and from your appointment if you receive oral sedation.

Nitrous oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild form of conscious sedation delivered via inhalation. Your provider places a mask over your nose to deliver medication that helps you relax. Nitrous oxide wears off very quickly once the mask is removed so you can drive yourself home after your appointment.

IV sedation

If you have moderate to severe dental anxiety or fear, IV sedation is a type of conscious sedation that provides medication directly to your bloodstream. You relax more quickly during the appointment and often have no memory of your treatment. You do need someone to drive you to and from your appointment if you receive IV sedation.

When is general anesthesia used for sedation dentistry?

General anesthesia is used when your oral health needs require extensive dental work in a single visit or for patients with pre-existing medical conditions or special needs. You are asleep and have no memory of the appointment if you receive general anesthesia for dental treatments.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is considered very safe and is a great way for patients to receive the necessary oral health care they need if they avoid the dentist due to anxiety. If you suffer from dental anxiety or have fear about your treatment, sedation dentistry helps relieve the anxiety and puts you at ease.

Sedation dentistry is also a good option for patients who have difficulty getting numb or have a sensitive gag reflex.

To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, call the office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, or request an appointment with the online scheduling tool today.