One of the ways in which our dentists can help you feel more comfortable when you visit AZ Dental is sedation dentistry. We offer several conscious sedation treatments to meet your needs and help alleviate your anxiety and discomfort while at our office. We welcome you to call us at 408-437-1111 to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry in San Jose, California, and schedule your consultation with Drs. Navdeep Aulakh, Parin Patel, Kevin Hashemi, Heidi Lee, Nipa Shetha, and Victoria Furman.
Sedation dentistry allows to your feel comfortable and at ease in our practice, and enjoy a treatment free from pain and anxiety. Most sedation treatments permit you to stay awake and aware throughout your procedure, although some work so effectively that you may not recall the details of your appointment later.
Some benefits of conscious sedation dentistry include:
- Relief from anxiety
- Minimal side effects
- Our dentist can accomplish more work
- No needles
- No pain
- Procedures that seem to take less time
AZ Dental offers three types of sedation to meet your needs. Before we provide you with any form of sedation, our dentists will meet with you in a one-on-one consultation to discuss your dental needs, your medical history, any current medications you are using, and other relevant factors. We will determine if sedation dentistry is a good option for you, and which type of sedation dentistry will be most beneficial in your situation.
The types of sedation dentistry offered at our practice are:
- Nitrous Oxide – “Laughing gas” is a mild sedative, and is delivered through a nose mask throughout your entire procedure to relieve anxiety and reduce pain. You may experience some tingling and numbness, as well as a “floating” feeling. The effects will wear off shortly after you stop inhaling the medication. Side effects are minimal, and you can drive yourself home afterwards.
- Oral Conscious Sedation –Oral medication (usually a pill, tablet, or liquid) is provided prior to treatment to induce moderate levels of sedation. Oral sedation does not usually cause sleep, but it does dull the senses – you may not remember the details of your treatment. Common medications used in oral conscious sedation include Valium®, Halcion®, Ativan®, and Versed®.
- IV Sedation – This is also a moderate form of sedation. Many patients who receive IV sedation report feeling like they slept through their treatment. IV sedation is administered via injection to your bloodstream to produce immediate effects. Some patients feel groggy and sleepy following their treatment.
If you receive a sedation treatment, we recommend that you have someone with you to drive you home following your appointment, especially if you have received oral or IV sedation. If you have received oral sedation, you will also need to have someone available to drive you to your appointment, as the medication provided will begin to have an effect before your reach our practice.
For more information about sedation dentistry, please contact our office today.