Sedation Dentistry Rancho Bernardo

Benefits of sedation dentistry

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry near you:

  • Alleviation of dental anxiety
  • Minimal side effects
  • Increased productivity during each visit
  • Elimination of needles
  • Pain-free experience
  • Proven safe
  • Perception of shorter procedure duration

Relaxing Sedation Dentistry in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego

Dental fear and anxiety are normal. Unfortunately, this prevents many individuals from seeking regular checkups and necessary dental care – or at minimum, putting it off. At RB Dental Excellence, we believe sedation dentistry is a great solution for many that provides a safe and anxiety-free visit.

What to expect from sedation dentistry?

A common misconception is that sedation dentistry induces sleep. Generally, it does not. Instead, patients remain awake during the procedure but have their anxiety calmed. Some have described it as knowing what’s going on, but not caring.

While drowsiness may be a side effect of certain medications, sedation methods such as nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation work primarily to alleviate anxiety throughout your dental visit.

One of the main reasons sedation dentistry is highly sought after is because most sedatives can be taken orally, eliminating the need for injections and minimizing anxiety and pain. Some sedatives are so effective that patients may not recall the smells or details of the procedure afterward. Rest assured, safety and compliance are paramount in our treatments, making sedation dentistry the ideal option for both patients and dentists.

It is important to note that regardless of the sedation method used, it is crucial to have a caregiver accompany you. In some cases, sedatives may be provided the night before the dental visit, making it unsafe to drive to or from the appointment.

What kinds of sedatives are available?

We offer a range of sedation options to ensure your comfort and relaxation during dental procedures. The type of sedative used will depend on your individual needs and the level of sedation required. Our experienced team will carefully review your medical history, including current medications, before administering any sedative.

Discover the various sedation options available:

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative administered through a nose hood. It creates an overall sense of well-being, elevates mood, and reduces anxiety and pain during the procedure. Some patients may experience tingling or numbness. Nitrous oxide has a long-standing safety record in dentistry and is commonly used.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation offers a moderate level of sedation. Patients often report feeling as though they slept through the entire procedure. IV sedation is typically used for shorter treatments and provides immediate effects due to direct injection into the bloodstream. Patients may feel groggy or sleepy after the sedatives are withdrawn, necessitating a designated driver for the journey home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This option is ideal for individuals with a fear of needles. Prior to treatment, oral medication is provided to induce a moderate level of sedation. While it does not induce sleep, oral sedation dulls the senses, resulting in limited recollection of pain, smells, or noises associated with the procedure. The medication is typically taken before the appointment and can be supplemented as needed during the procedure.


Sedation Dentist Rancho Bernardo
If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please contact our office
Our goal is to ensure your comfort and relaxation throughout your dental visit. Our knowledgeable team will guide you in selecting the most suitable sedation option based on your specific requirements. Experience stress-free dentistry with our sedation solutions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how sedation dentistry can benefit you.

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