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San Bruno Sedation Dentist Options Available for Sedation

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Sedation dentistry enables our San Bruno, California Sedation Dental Office to effectively treat patients in such a way that prioritizes their comfort and well being.  Most sedatives available can be taken by mouth without the injections, anxiety or pain. Some sedatives are so effective that even the smells and details of the procedures are not recalled post treatment.

What kinds of sedatives are available?
Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation are the most preferred types of dental sedation. Varying levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be administered depending on each patient’s specific needs.

The following is an overview of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, (commonly referred to as “laughing gas”) is used as a mild sedative and delivered through a nose hood. Nitrous oxide reduces pain during procedures, alleviates anxiety, elevates the general mood, and renders a general sense of well-being.

IV Sedation
Intravenous sedation is a moderate sedative, and it is generally reserved for shorter procedures. Its effects are immediate because it is administered directly to the bloodstream via direct injection. The effects of this sedative may leave patients feeling groggy post treatment, so it is important to have a designated driver accompany you to your appointment.

Oral Conscious Sedation
For those patients who fear needles, oral conscious sedation is an excellent alternative to IV sedation. Oral medication is provided before the procedure and induces a state of moderate sedation. Most patients will not recall the smells, noises, or any pain related to the treatment. While a dose of medication should be taken before the appointment, supplemental doses can be used as necessary during the procedure.

What types of drugs are used in oral conscious sedation?
Here is a list of the more commonly prescribed drugs used in oral conscious sedation:
Valium® – Has amnesic properties and is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures.
Halcion® –Halcion is an effective sedative with amnesic properties, useful for shorter procedures.
Ativan® – This sedative is best known for reducing anxiety. It has amnesic properties and is effective for procedures lasting less than two hours.

If you believe you might be a candidate for sedation dentistry techniques but still have questions, please contact the San Bruno Sedation Dentistry office. We are here to address your concerns and discuss your options.

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