Many people avoid visiting the dentist, even for regular checkups, because of dental anxiety and fear.  AZ Dental offers sedation dentistry to help you relax and feel comfortable during your appointment.  We offer several conscious sedation treatments to meet your needs.  Call us at 408-227-6000 to learn more about sedation dentistry in San Jose, California, and schedule your appointment with Drs. Andrew McDonald, Trang Thai, and Valerie De Leon.

With sedation dentistry, you can relax and feel comfortable at our practice and enjoy a pain-free treatment.  Sedation dentistry also allows you to stay awake for the duration of your procedure, though some sedatives work so effectively that you may not recall the details of your treatment later.

Advantages of sedation dentistry include:

  • Relief from anxiety
  • Minimal side effects
  • Our dentist can accomplish more work
  • No needles
  • No pain
  • Safety
  • Procedures that seem to take less time

There are several types of sedation available.  Different levels of sedation can be provided depending on your individual needs.  Prior to receiving any type of sedation dentistry, our dentists will meet with you in a consultation to discuss your medical history, current medications, and other relevant factors and determine which form of sedation dentistry is best for you.

Types of sedation dentistry include:

  • Nitrous Oxide – “Laughing gas” is provided as a mild sedative, and is delivered through a nose mask throughout your entire procedure to relieve anxiety and reduce pain. You may experience some tingling and numbness, as well as a “floating” feeling.  The effects will wear off shortly after you stop inhaling the medication, and side effects are minimal.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – This is a great choice for patients who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment to induce moderate levels of sedation.  This type of sedation does not usually cause sleep, but it does dull the senses – you may not remember pain, smells, or noises from your procedure.  Common medications used in oral conscious sedation include Valium®, Halcion®, Ativan®, and Versed®.
  • IV Sedation – This is also a moderate type of sedation. Many patients who receive IV sedation report feeling like they slept through their treatment.  IV sedation is administered via injection to your bloodstream to produce immediate effects.  Some patients feel groggy and sleepy following their treatment.

Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you should have someone with you to help you return home safely.  This is especially important if you receive oral or IV sedation.  You may also need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.