If you are someone who dreads going to the dentist or has a genuine fear of the dental office, sedation dentistry (or sleep dentistry) by San Ramon dentist Dr. Guri S. Dhaliwal DMD may be right for you. We offer three progressively deeper sedation options to effectively and safely help you relax during your procedure.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the mildest form of sedation. It is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your mouth and nose. It helps you feel relaxed during treatment but is not intended to put you to sleep. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the treatment has ended and the mask is removed so that you can leave the office on your own without an escort.
Oral sedation refers to a sedative in the form of a pill that is prescribed to help you feel at ease. It is a step up from Nitrous Oxide in that you will be in a more relaxed state but still conscious during treatment. Because the effects of oral sedation last for several hours, you will need someone to drive you home after your appointment.
As the term implies, IV Sedation is a sedative administered intravenously that puts you in a complete state of relaxation. Although you are awake and can respond to Dr. Dhaliwal, you will have little or no memory of your treatment. You may feel alert soon after the IV medication is stopped. However, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after your appointment. The effects of the sedative will last for most of the day, so it’s important to arrange for a ride home and for someone to stay with you until you are fully alert.
We employ the latest in dental technology and comfort enhancement, including Wi-Fi, for every patient and every procedure at our practice. Sedation is primarily recommended for patients that are fearful of the dentist, and for those that have difficulty getting numb. Patients that have busy schedules, or that need to complete treatment in as few visits as possible, also often opt for sedation dentistry.
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Sedation dentistry by San Ramon, CA dentist Dr. Guri S. Dhaliwal DMD could ease your fear of dental procedures.