Benefits of sedation dentistry

Everyone needs to take care of their oral and dental health. But for people with dental fears, dental anxieties, or even phobias about dentists or dental procedures, their oral health can suffer. 

At Mid-Peninsula Dental Specialists, we want to make sure you’re able to keep your teeth in great shape while staying calm and comfortable — and that’s what our sedation dentistry options can provide. 

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When you’re nervous, anxious, or stressed, your body undergoes chemical changes that can have an impact on your dental procedures. But with sedation keeping anxiety and stress at bay, the procedure goes more smoothly and prevents those unhelpful feelings of nervousness from wreaking havoc on your system. 

Even without additional fears, people undergoing long procedures, or multiple procedures, often appreciate the benefits of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can also help in other situations, such as for people with a sensitive gag reflex or people who have a hard time holding still for the length of their procedure.

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Dental sedation options at Mid-Peninsula Dental Specialists

Laughing Gas – Mild

For people who just want to take the edge off of their dental fear, a mild sedation option like laughing gas (nitrous oxide) may be the right choice. Because it’s a gas, it’s administered by inhalation, usually through a mask. With gas sedation, you’ll still be awake during your procedure, but you’ll be much more calm and relaxed. 

In addition to its calming effects, another big benefit of nitrous oxide is that it’s fast-acting, allowing you to be ready for your procedure right away — and it also leaves your system quickly, meaning you can still drive yourself home. In fact, this is the only one of our sedation options available for people who don’t want to arrange an alternate ride.

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Oral conscious sedation – Moderate

With this form of sedation, you’ll be administered an oral prescription medication (in pill or liquid form) that will provide deep relaxation. Sometimes people are so relaxed that they even fall asleep during their procedure — but they’re still easy to wake if the dental care team needs to check-in or communicate about the procedure. 

This level of sedation does affect motor skills, meaning you’ll need to arrange for someone to give you a ride home after your procedure.

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IV sedation – Deep

With IV sedation, you may either fall asleep or remain awake in a completely relaxed state – without any anxiety or worries during your procedure. 

There are benefits to IV sedation in dentistry, particularly for dental implant procedures and other intensive oral surgeries. Because we dose the medication for your metabolism, we’re able to give you the optimal mix of medications (much more accurately through an IV than orally) that will remain in your body during the initial healing period after the procedure—that means that IV sedation not only gets you through the dental implant procedure without anxiety or fear, but the leftover dose in your body can also help you heal faster.

General anesthesia - Complete

With general anesthesia, you’re completely unconscious during your dental procedure. This is the kind of anesthesia usually associated with having surgery in a hospital — but it can be used for dental procedures, too!

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Eliminating your fear of the dentist

Don’t let anxiety or worry about dental procedures prevent you from taking care of your oral health. Many patients have fears or worries about oral surgery, and more still have phobias about the dentist in general. These fears can be diminished with our sedation options, which we’re happy to offer our dental patients after a consultation to ensure the right fit for your needs.

Talk to our specialists about your fears — your oral health deserves it.

Our Happy Patients

Dr Phan and Dental Assistant Jane were really Pros from start to finish. Jane was absolutely hilarious and very attentive, while also totally professional. Her and Dr. Phan made a great team and were able to solve my complicated wisdom tooth situation and always kept me informed of every risk before proceeding. Thank you!

Michael B.

Dr Beckstead is amazing. I had partial bone loss around one of my teeth and three dentists think that I won't be able to keep it, but Dr Beckstead performed one surgery and saved my tooth. It has been over two years since the surgery and I have not had any more issues with that tooth.

Lucy X.

I'm actually looking forward to my next prophylaxis. That's a teeth cleaning, and I never would have believed I'd say such a thing. I want to give a special shout out to Cindy, who did a fantastic job on my teeth AND gave me the tools and knowledge to nip gum disease in the bud. Have you ever heard of a Sulcabrush? I have one now, and it's awesome. Look it up.

David R.

Dr. Beckstead and his entire team are exceptional. They provided kind, informative and top-notch care every step of the way. My nerves were immediately calmed when I entered the office and I realized that I was in the caring and experienced care of true professionals. The procedure was flawless, the outcome was terrific and the entire process was pain-free (in every way!).

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