Sedation Dentistry

Today's Dentistry

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

Did you know that between 9-15% of American adults suffer from dental anxiety? That’s approximately 27 million people. If you regularly put off routine dental exams and cleanings because of anxiety, sedation dentistry may be able to help. Family dentist, Peter K. Lee, DDS, and the team at Today’s Dentistry in San Jose, California, regularly use sedation dentistry to help their patients relax. Make your appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a branch of oral health care designed to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people receiving dental treatment. 

Although dental anxiety is incredibly common, avoiding trips to the dentist can negatively impact the health and functionality of your mouth and teeth. 

Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry you choose, it’s important to have a friend or family member available who can drive you home. Your caregiver should also stay with you for between two to four hours, or until the anesthesia fully wears off. 

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Anyone who suffers from dental anxiety can benefit from sedation dentistry. The team at Today’s Dentistry might also recommend sedation dentistry if you have:

  • A low pain tolerance
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Multiple cavities

Children who fidget or have trouble sitting still can also benefit from sedation dentistry.

What types of sedation dentistry do you offer?

The team at Today’s Dentistry offers two types of sedation dentistry:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a sedative that’s combined with oxygen and inhaled. Nitrous oxide helps you relax, but it doesn’t knock you out. 

During treatment, you’re aware of your surroundings and can answer questions. The only difference is that you aren’t anxious or stressed out. 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a prescription medication like Halcion, which is in the same family of drugs as Valium and makes you feel drowsy. During oral sedation, it’s normal to fall asleep, but if necessary, your Today’s Dentistry provider can wake you up with a gentle nudge. 

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe and generally well-tolerated. However, if you are obese or you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it’s important to tell your dentist. 

Although these conditions won’t necessarily disqualify you from sedation dentistry, they can increase your risk of complications. 

It’s also important to work with a team of trained and qualified professionals. The providers at Today’s Dentistry specialize in sedation dentistry techniques and tailor treatment plans individually. 

If you’ve been putting off dental care that you desperately need, sedation dentistry is worth considering. Make an appointment at Today’s Dentistry by calling or clicking the online booking tool today.

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