Sedation Dentistry for Anxious Patients
Going to the dentist causes a lot of people to experience anxiety or fear. Even if you’re only having an exam, you might notice you feel clammy, sweaty, or that your blood pressure is going up. It may get to the point where your anxiety prevents you from seeking out dental care altogether. Eventually, avoiding the dentist leads to underlying problems becoming more complex, expensive, and extensive to correct.
Fortunately, Heritage Oak Dental can help. Our licensed sedation dentist provides a comfortable way to relax or nap right through your treatment in our Rocklin office.
Choose from these three types of sedation for your procedure:
Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas” Sedation
One of the most common ways to take the edge off of your anxiety is by requesting “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide) during your cleaning or filling. The mild air mixture is easily breathed through a soft nosepiece and then turned back to 100% oxygen so that it quickly leaves your system once your procedure is over. Laughing gas makes you feel a bit carefree about the entire process, and reduces your sensitivity to things like injections or someone placing instruments into your mouth.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Oral sedation makes you feel as if you’re daydreaming or taking a light nap during your procedure. This oral sedative is taken during your scheduled treatment, and lasts for a few hours before wearing off on its own. Although you’ll be able to respond to basic questions or instructions, you likely won’t remember a single thing. Please bring a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
IV sedation is the deepest and safest level of sedation available in our office. It is performed by a licensed, certified sedation dentist. Delivered through an intravenous line, this sedative is fast acting for what feels like a deep sleep as we complete all of your treatment. Once your procedure is over, the medication is stopped and you gradually regain consciousness, feeling as if you just woke up from a heavy sleep. Please bring a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Is sedation dentistry right for you? We typically recommend our anti-anxiety treatments for:
- Anyone with anxiety or fear of the dentist
- Our patients who have more complex or lengthy treatment needs
- Individuals with special needs
- Young children
- Someone who wants to complete all of their procedures in one visit
- Same day dental implant procedures
Prior to recommending sedation, our Rocklin dentists will review your medical history to determine if there are any contraindications to the medications used. Please be sure to discuss any medications, supplements, or recent medical treatments with us.
Why put your dental needs off another day, when overcoming them can be so easy? Schedule a complimentary consultation at Heritage Oak Dental in Rocklin today to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you. New patients are always welcome! Most PPO insurance plans are accepted. Financing plans are available.