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I hear people say all the time, “It’s been so long since I went to the dentist, I probably need a ton work done – but I’m scared, so I just avoid it!” Can you relate to this?  You’re not alone!

Many people have legitimate fears of going to the dentist. It can be uncomfortable, costly, and if you haven’t been in a long time you may not know how much work you need. The hardest part about taking care of your teeth is – when there’s a problem, the longer you wait to address it, the harder it is to fix it. Problems that are left untreated and get worse tend to require more expensive solutions that take longer in the dental chair. For someone who hates the dentist, this is hard to face!

Fortunately, I am one of only a few trained IV Sedation dentists in the greater Bay Area. While my office is located in Los Altos, I see people from all over the surrounding cities including Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Santa Clara, and I even have patients who travel from San Jose, San Francisco and the East Bay. When people need extra help getting their dental needs addressed, it’s worth a little extra driving to see a sedation specialist.

What is IV Sedation For In Dentistry?

IV Sedation in dentistry is completely different from general anesthesia in a hospital setting. With IV Sedation techniques in dentistry, you are conscious the entire time. It feels like you’re in a peaceful relaxed state free of anxiety, and this allows you to have your dental work done with comfort and ease.

I use IV Sedation frequently for my implant work. I find patients have a much better experience when they use this option. Especially when a patient has multiple unit implants, full arch reconstruction, full mouth reconstruction including replacing dentures with permanent teeth – I find patients are far more comfortable and relaxed when they use IV Sedation.

Another common scenario where I use IV Sedation is when a patient has to have a lot of work done all at once. Just like above, many people avoid going to the dentist because they know they need a lot of work and they have fears of the dentist. With IV Sedation, they can get all this work done – often in a single appointment – with relaxing comfort, instead of anxiety.

Patient Benefits of IV Sedation for Dental Work

If you need to have dental implants placed, or you need a lot of work done at once, IV Sedation can be a great option – especially if you have fears of going to the dentist. When you can be calm, relaxed, and comfortable during your dental procedure, everything goes more smoothly. When our bodies experience trauma, stress and anxiety, they go through many chemical changes. Keeping yourself relaxed and stress-free will help your body throughout the procedure.

Another benefit especially with single implants, multiple unit implants, full arch reconstructions, and full mouth reconstructions is that having IV Sedation during the procedure can actually help you heal faster after the procedure. The reason is because I am able to give a steadier dose of the right medication. With IV medications, we can control the dose and metabolism much more accurately than with oral medications. When I can give you the optimal mix of medications during the procedure, they will stay in your system during the initial healing period after the procedure.

IV Sedation at Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry

I know dentistry isn’t always fun for patients as it is for me as a doctor. Because of that, I like my patients to be as comfortable as possible throughout the experience. I’ve seen patients with intense phobias of the dentist get the care they need thanks to IV Sedation technology. And, with my implant patients, I’ve seen them have a smoother procedure and faster healing.

I’m highly trained in IV Sedation technology and so glad I can offer this service to patients who have fears of the dentist and need work done on their teeth immediately. I’ve seen how well it works, and am confident in my patients having a great experience with it.

Give our office a call today for a complimentary consultation for dental implants, and any other dental work you need. We’re here to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your dental procedures.


  • Dad says:

    Love my implants. I can even ear lettuce again

    • Dr. Joseph Field, DDS says:

      Hi there stranger 🙂 and thanks for sharing!

      So glad you love your dental implants. “Lettuce” celebrate all of the wonderful foods you can eat again — and all the life-changing positives that dental implants give to anyone who’s every suffered from missing teeth.

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