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Are you afraid of visiting the dentist? Do you avoid dental appointments due to dental anxiety? You're not alone. Many people experience dental phobia, which can prevent them from getting the dental care they need. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help. At Sacramento Dental Medicine, we offer sedation dentistry to help our patients overcome their fears and achieve optimal oral health.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. At Dental Center of Lakewood, we offer several types of sedation to meet the unique needs of our patients. These include:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation that is inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. It induces a state of relaxation and reduces anxiety during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective, and its effects wear off quickly after the mask is removed.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill that will help you feel relaxed and drowsy during the procedure. Although you'll still be conscious, you'll be less aware of what's happening, and you may not remember much of the procedure afterward. This type of sedation is ideal for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety.
  • IV Sedation: IV sedation involves administering medication directly into your bloodstream through a vein. This type of sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation and is used for more complex procedures or for patients with severe dental anxiety.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry offers several benefits, including:

  • Reduced anxiety: Sedation dentistry can help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures.
  • Increased comfort: Sedation dentistry can reduce pain and discomfort during dental procedures.
  • Time savings: Sedation dentistry can allow for multiple procedures to be completed in one visit, which can save patients time.
  • Improved oral health: Sedation dentistry can help patients who have avoided dental care due to anxiety get the treatment they need to maintain optimal oral health.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to help patients with dental anxiety receive the dental care they need. If you experience dental phobia or anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. At Sacramento Dental Medicine, we will work with you to determine the best type of sedation for your needs and ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure.

Don't let dental anxiety prevent you from achieving optimal oral health. Contact Sacramento Dental Medicine today to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you relax your way to a healthier smile.

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