Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Golden State Smiles

Dentistry located in San Leandro, CA & Concord, CA

When you or your child need sedation dentistry to help you overcome dental phobia, anxiety, or fear, Dharaben Munjpara, DDS, Douglas Mo, DDS, and the caring team at Golden State Smiles is here to help. With two locations in San Leandro and Concord, California, the experts provide sedation dentistry so you can undergo beneficial and important dental procedures and treatments that can protect and enhance dental health. Golden State Smiles offers various methods of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. To learn more, call the office nearest you or request an appointment using the online booking tool today.

Sedation Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to various dental methods to manage pain and anxiety that some people can feel with regards to important, necessary, and beneficial dental treatments and procedures.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

At Golden State Smiles, the dentists can use three types of sedation dentistry to put you at ease, so you stay in the dental chair to receive important dental care.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is the most commonly used type of sedation dentistry. Oral sedation involves medications that allow you to relax and create a calming state.

Oral sedation works in a matter of minutes, and you’re usually conscious and responsive to verbal commands and physical stimulation. You feel drowsy in a near sleep-like state. Oral conscious sedation is recommended for patients over 18. Oral sedatives are typically dissolved under your tongue or swallowed whole in pill form.

Inhalation sedation

Relative analgesia or inhalation sedation involves you inhaling a gas sedative, such as nitrous oxide, through a nose or mouthpiece on a special mask.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

IV or intravenous sedation is typically used for more invasive dental procedures, such as implant surgery, extractions, gum surgery, and root canals. Your dentist carefully places a small catheter into a vein in your arm or leg before administering medications using an IV until you reach the appropriate level of sedation. The medication is delivered directly into your bloodstream, so IV sedation works quickly in minutes. 

Inhalation and IV sedation are usually the most appropriate types of sedation dentistry for children and teens. IV sedation is also typically reserved for more invasive pediatric dental procedures, such as extractions and gum surgery.

Why choose sedation dentistry?

You or your child might be avoiding the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Dental complications are more likely to arise when you skip important and professional dental care.

You might need more invasive dental treatments and procedures in your future if bacteria develop, and diseases like periodontal disease go untreated.

Sedation dentistry is a way to relieve your anxiety. Your dentist might recommend sedation dentistry if you have:

  • Complex dental complications
  • Difficulty responding to numbing methods
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and can’t open your mouth for long periods of time
  • Had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Pronounced gag reflex

Recurring dental care decreases your risk of damage and disease and keeps your smile healthy.

If you have any concerns or anxiety about any aspect of your dental care, you can depend on Golden State Smiles for empathic and attentive dental support. To request your next appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office nearest you today.