2165 Fourth St. Ste B,
Livermore, CA 94550
At Smiles by Design, we offer a variety of treatments to help patients feel comfortable and at ease. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we can help make your visit more manageable with sedation dentistry. This offers a range of options for different levels of relaxation, so you can choose the method that makes you feel the calmest.
Sedation dentistry includes nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as laughing gas, or oral conscious sedation. Administering nitrous oxide is a safe option that helps you feel calm and relaxed throughout your procedure. Oral conscious sedation is a method that allows you to take a pill before your treatment to make you feel sleepy and relaxed. With this option, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Both methods help our patients feel completely relaxed and comfortable during their appointment.
Patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety may not be good candidates for sedation dentistry. They may require a different solution to make their visits more comfortable. For some patients, it may be necessary to use IV sedation. This provides a deeper level of relaxation than the options listed above.
There are many benefits to receiving dental care with sedation. We are proud to offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to our patients who experience anxiety or fear during dental treatments. While some people describe feelings of nervousness, others feel absolutely terrified.
If you are fearful of the dentist, you are not alone. This fear often stems from a past traumatic experience, a lack of regular dental care, or a negative perception of dentists. Unfortunately, letting your oral health suffer due to fear and anxiety can lead to serious health issues like gum disease and tooth loss. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can completely eliminate your fears and anxiety and help you receive the care your smile needs to stay healthy and beautiful.
You can get through your treatment plan without feeling pain or discomfort with sedation. Instead, the sedatives will cause you to feel dizzy and relaxed throughout your visit.
Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and other sedative methods have been used safely in dentistry for many years. At our practice, we also perform a thorough medical history review to ensure that there are no contraindications for the type of sedation we recommend. However, suppose you have a condition like sleep apnea or severe anxiety. In that case, we recommend avoiding sedation altogether until you have had the condition under control with medical treatment. We can discuss your options in depth during a consultation.