Take Control of Your Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry in Novato, CA

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jan 8, 2019

Do you put off dental appointments because your anxiety gets the better of you? Millions of people feel the same, but there is a better way; sedation dentistry at our Novato, CA dental office provides an excellent way to deliver a safe, anxiety-free dental experience so you can get the care you need.

Most sedatives used in sedation dentistry can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety, and no pain. Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterward. Your comfort and well-being are of great importance to Dr. McConnell and our team, and 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 sedation 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

State-of-the-art 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 have little memory of the sights and sounds associated with the procedure. We will prescribe a dose of the medication to be taken before your appointed appointment, and topped off as necessary during the procedure.

Your complete comfort is our highest priority, and we can use either 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, CA sedation dentist, and we will be happy to discuss your options.