3Do you get anxious when you think about visiting the dentist? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people experience dental anxiety and get very nervous about the prospect of any type of dental work. The good news is, our San Diego cosmetic dentists offer sedation dentistry, a way for you to feel calm and relaxed through your treatment without experiencing discomfort. With a small pill taken before treatment, you will be so relaxed that you may not even remember the procedure taking place.

Here are some of the top five things you should know about sedation dentistry:

#1. You will be drowsy but responsive.

It’s important to remember that while you will be awake and capable of cooperation during the procedure, you will feel sleepy, relaxed, and calm. One major benefit of oral sedation dentistry is your dentist can perform multiple dental treatments in one visit while you are comfortably sedated. This can save you the time and effort of having to schedule numerous appointments in the future.

#2. Sedation dentistry is not necessarily the same thing as general anesthesia.

The sedation dentistry technique we use does not involve general anesthesia so you don’t have to worry about many of the risks associated with that method. The medication will be taken orally, rather than administered intravenously. There are no needles used to sedate you.

Return to our blog next week to read Part 2 of our series on sedation dentistry. We’ll list the rest of the Top 5, and tell you more about what to expect from the sedation dentistry process.

To learn more about our sedation dentistry services, please contact our office today. One of our experienced cosmetic dentists will be happy to answer your questions during a personal consultation.