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Drs. John Coleman and John Coleman III address common questions about oral sedation dentistry to help patients better understand the purpose and benefits of the technique.

Vista, CA — Sedation dentistry can be helpful to individuals who experience a high degree of anxiety during dental treatment, explain Dr. John Coleman and his son and colleague, Dr. John Coleman III. The North San Diego County dentists say that the practice of placing a patient in a relaxed state to perform one or more procedures is growing in popularity due to the numerous benefits sedation dentistry can provide. They suggest that people considering this approach should be well-informed about what to expect prior to utilizing the technique.

There are a variety of options available to make patients more comfortable during office visits, Dr. John Coleman indicates. He says nitrous oxide, soothing music, and other calming techniques generally will be sufficient to relax the average patient. However, Dr. Coleman notes that people who experience a high level of discomfort and anxiety when faced with dental procedures may require more advanced anesthesia. Dr. Coleman explains that sedation dentistry can relieve stress by placing the individual into a tranquil state.

This method is not the same as general anesthesia, Dr. John Coleman III states. The patient will be conscious and feel drowsy and calm during the procedure, he says. Furthermore, he indicates that typically there are reduced risks with the sedation dentistry process than with the use of intravenous drugs. Dr. Coleman III says that shots, which many individuals find distressing, usually will not be necessary to achieve the desired level of sleepiness. Other considerations to be aware of regarding sedation dentistry:

  • A friend or relative should bring the patient to the appointment and take him or her home after.
  • A single pill will be taken at home approximately one hour prior to the procedure.
  • Once the patient is comfortable, the treatment will begin.

Drs. Coleman and Coleman III believe that, by revealing how advantageous sedation dentistry can be for the right person, more individuals will feel comfortable addressing their dental concerns. In the right hands, they explain, this method can provide effective relief of dental anxiety and improve the experience for both the dentist and the patient. The North San Diego County dentists recommend seeking out a dental professional highly experienced in oral sedation dentistry to perform these techniques.

About John Coleman, DDS

An accreditation candidate member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. John Coleman is the Co-Director of Coleman Advanced Dentistry with his son, Dr. John Coleman III. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Coleman received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Georgetown University. He completed additional training at the University of California, Los Angeles and is an advocate of continuing education. Dr. Coleman is an active member of several prestigious dental associations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is available for interview upon request.

About John Coleman III, DDS

Dr. John Coleman III is the Co-Director of Coleman Advanced Dentistry, located in the Vista, Oceanside, and North San Diego County area. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego followed by his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University. He received additional training at the Rosenthal Center for Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Coleman III also received training in temporomandibular joint disease (TMD), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Oral Conscious Sedation. He is an active member of numerous dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Coleman III is available for interview upon request.

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Coleman Advanced Dentistry

110 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 102
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 726-0770