Sedation dentistry is a dental specialty that uses medication to help you feel more relaxed during your dental appointments. At Swati Agarwal, DDS, we recommend sedation dentistry to patients who struggle with dental anxiety or need extensive work done on their teeth.
Sedation dentistry can also make your dental visits more comfortable if you have a low pain threshold. In addition, sedation dentistry can help if you have difficulty sitting still for long periods or have a sensitive gag reflex.
Sedation Dentistry Options
Nitrous oxide is a gas administered through a small mask placed over your nose. The gas is inhaled through the nose, and it induces relaxation. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly after the treatment is complete so you can drive yourself home afterward.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill before your treatment begins. This pill will make you drowsy, but it will not put you to sleep. You will still be awake during the procedure but will likely be very relaxed.
You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment because the effects of the sedative will last for several hours.
IV sedation is administered intravenously, which means the medication is delivered directly into your bloodstream. This type of sedation provides a deeper level of relaxation than oral conscious sedation. It can be used for more prolonged procedures or patients with extreme dental anxiety.
General anesthesia is used when a patient needs extensive work or has severe anxiety. With this type of sedation, you will be completely unconscious and not feel any pain during the procedure.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Alleviates Dental Anxiety
One of the most significant advantages of sedation dentistry in San Francisco, CA, is its ability to alleviate anxiety and fear. Patients who are typically anxious or phobic about dental visits can feel relaxed and at ease during their procedures.
Minimizes Gag Reflex
Some patients have a strong gag reflex that can make dental procedures challenging. Sedation can help suppress this reflex, making it easier for our dentist in San Francisco, CA, to work efficiently.
Sedation dentistry ensures patients do not feel pain or discomfort during dental procedures. This is particularly valuable for individuals with low pain thresholds or those undergoing complex treatments.
Sedation can benefit young children or individuals with special needs who may have difficulty cooperating during dental treatments.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, visit Swati Agarwal, DDS, at 500 Sutter St., Suite 615, San Francisco, CA 94102, or call (415) 952-1149. We will happily answer any questions and help you determine which type of sedation is right for you.