Sedation Dentistry in San Diego
Does visiting the dentist make you nervous?
Are you nervous about going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned?
Would you rather stay at home and endure a toothache than sit in the dentist
chair getting your cavity filled? If you are one of those people that
are afraid or nervous to go to the dentist, then you are not alone. There
are many people who have deep-seated fears about going to the dentist
and a lot of them put off receiving necessary treatment until their oral
health is seriously compromised because of their fears.
For those people who avoid going to the dentist out of fear and apprehension,
sedation dentistry is one alternative that may be able to put them at
ease at the dental office and it may help alleviate their anxiety. Sedation
can be used for virtually any type of dental procedure from a simple
dental cleaning to a root canal and everything in between. The type of medication and
the amount will depend upon your level of fear and the treatment that
you are about to receive.
Sedation dentistry is commonly used for people who:
- Have a low pain threshold;
- Are getting a lot of dental work done at once;
- Can't sit in a dental chair comfortably for medical reasons;
- Have very sensitive teeth; and
- Have fear and anxiety about getting any dental work done.
How does sedation dentistry work?
While there are different types of sedation dentistry, our office uses
oral sedation. The level of sedation will depend upon the type of medication
and the total dose that is given to you. Depending upon the dose, sedation
can be rather minimal to moderate; it all has to do with your level of
comfort. Often a dentist will prescribe Halcion (Triazolam), which is
a member of the same family as Valium – Halcion is typically taken
about an hour before the procedure itself. The pill makes patients feel
drowsy; however, they are still awake during the procedure. Other drugs
that are commonly given orally include: Valium, Sonata, Ativan, Versed,
In cases where the patient is particularly nervous, they may be given a
larger dose to produce greater sedation. This is one of the most common
methods of anesthesia that is used in dentistry today. With Halcion, it's
not uncommon for patients to actually fall asleep during their procedure,
yet they are easily awakened with a gentle shake by the dentist or the
It's important to note that if you do choose oral sedation, that you
should have a driver on hand to take you home after the procedure since
people should not operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery while on
these types of medications.
Removing the Fear from Dental Procedures
If you are uncomfortable about getting dental work, our San Diego dentist
would like to help. We are highly aware that many of our patients share
a general anxiety towards dentistry and for this reason we are here to
do whatever we can to alleviate your discomfort.
Contact our office today to learn more about the different types of medications we can use to make
you feel more confident about visiting the dentist.