Is Dental Anxiety Ruining Your Oral Health? The Sedation Dentist in Novato Explains How We Can Help!

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jun 5, 2018

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

The sedation dentist in Novato offers soothing options that are so effective that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterward. Your comfort and well-being are of great importance to us, 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 nose hood. 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 prior to 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 prior to the appointment, and then topped up as necessary during the procedure.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation and is generally 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. 

Please Call the Sedation Dentist in Novato

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