Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

We understand that some patients are so afraid of going to the dentist that they put off treatment until a problem gets so bad that it can no longer be ignored. Because we don’t want your anxiety to prevent you from seeing your dentist regularly, Natomas Crossing Dental Care offers sedation dentistry in Sacramento. Sedation helps fearful, apprehensive patients relax during dental procedures so they can get the treatment they need.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for certain patients. Once you’ve experienced sedation dentistry at our office, you’ll feel more at ease with returning to the dentist again. You’ll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, and you’ll feel as if you were relaxing.

Because you are completely comfortable, we can do extensive dental treatment with minimal visits. We can replace crowns, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, and fix a chipped tooth and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need, easily and quickly.

Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. No wonder so many patients say, “Sedation dentistry changed my life.”

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

You can benefit from oral sedation dentistry if you experience one or more of the following:

  • High fear of dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Fear of needles and shots
  • Trouble getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Limited time to complete dental care
  • Dislike of noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • Fear or embarrassment about your teeth

How does sedation dentistry work?

You are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion accompanies you to our office and by the time you arrive, you are very drowsy.

When you arrive in our office, you are escorted into the comfort room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, one of our dentists and the experienced clinical team at Natomas Crossing Dental Care will take care of your dental needs.

When your treatment is completed, your companion returns you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.

What is oral conscious sedation?

With this type of sedation, you experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. Your dentist provides you with an oral sedation medication that is easy to swallow and safe. Most adults receive Halcion (triazolam), while children are usually given a liquid medication like Versed (midazolam). After the medication takes effect, you are still able to speak and respond to external requests.

What is inhalation sedation?

Inhalation sedation uses nitrous oxide and oxygen (laughing gas) to help your body achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.

What should I know about sedation dentistry?

  • It really works
  • You can relax through your dental appointment
  • It is safe
  • You take a small pill prior to treatment; there are no intravenous tubes or needles
  • You will have little or no memory of the experience — you won’t remember sounds or smells
  • You can relax for up to five to six hours after taking the pill; the length of time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment
  • Complex dental treatments that often require multiple appointments can be done in one appointment, all while you relax
  • Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I feel any pain?
No, you will feel nothing.

Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.

Will I be monitored?
Yes, one member of our team is always with you, and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit.

How long will I be relaxing?
From two to six hours, depending on your needs.

Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment and remain with you for the rest of the day.

For more information on sedation dentistry or to book an appointment, contact Natomas Crossing Dental today!