Got Dental Anxiety? Novato Sedation Dentist Explains How We Can Help!

Written by Dr. McConnell on May 23, 2017

Do you avoid making dental appointments? Dental anxiety causes many people to put off dental treatment. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.

Most sedatives used in sedation dentistry can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety, and no pain. Some sedatives work so efficiently that most patients have no memory of what was happening around them. Your comfort and well-being are of great importance to the Novato sedation dentist, so safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatment.

What types of sedation are available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate, and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. Our dentist will help you decide which is best for you based on your needs.

Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is used as a mild sedative and delivered through a small nasal mask. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood, evokes a general sense of well-being, relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided before treatment to induce a state of moderate sedation. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure. A dose of medication should be taken before the appointment, and then topped up as necessary during the procedure.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation and is used for shorter treatments. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Patients may feel groggy afterward, so it is important to bring a designated driver.

Your complete comfort is our highest priority, and we can use any one of these methods, or a combination if that better suits your needs. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of being sedated during treatment, please contact the Novato sedation dentist, and we will be happy to discuss your options.