Many Daly City dentistry patients have discovered the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sleep dentistry). There are three main types of sedation options available in the San Francisco area for patients to think about:
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in San Mateo cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work quickly, but then wears off as soon as the Pacifica dental patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide assists in creating warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.
Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous San Mateo dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by San Francisco physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, however, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. It’s important that a conscious sedation patient not drive home after undergoing oral sedation.
Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the entire procedure and wake up calm.
To speak with us about sedation, call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000. We have the answer for your dental anxiety.