Sedation Dentistry

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Silicon Valley Smile Solutions

Implant Dentistry & Cosmetic & Sedation Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Researchers estimate that more than 36% of Americans experience dental anxiety. If you’re one of them, sedation dentistry can help you relax while undergoing teeth cleanings or other routine dental procedures. At Silicon Valley Smile Solutions, expert implant dentist Amir HagShenas DDS, FAGD, and the team offer several types of sedation dentistry, including local sedation, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. To schedule an appointment at the practice in San Jose, California, call the office or book online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses prescription medication to help you relax while receiving oral health care. Many people who experience dental anxiety put off routine checkups to the dentist. As a result, they’re more likely to develop cavities, gum disease, and other potentially serious oral health problems.

Sedation dentistry minimizes uncomfortable symptoms triggered by fear or anxiety. It presents a safe and effective way to receive the care you need without experiencing a racing heart, sweaty palms, or an upset stomach.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

At Silicon Valley Smile Solutions, Dr. HagShenas and the team recommend sedation dentistry to people who:

  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have difficulty sitting still for extended periods
  • Have very sensitive teeth

You might also benefit from sedation dentistry if you need a significant amount of dental work completed.

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

At Silicon Valley Smile Solutions, the team offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:

Local anesthesia

Local anesthesia uses prescription-strength injectable medication to numb the nerves in a particular area of your mouth. If you’re getting a restoration, like a crown or dental veneers, Dr. HagShenas administers a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation encourages relaxation with a prescription medication like Halcion®. On the day of your procedure, you take a pill at home about an hour before your appointment. 

Oral sedation causes you to feel groggy, so have a friend or family member drive you to the office. You might doze off during treatment, but Dr. HagShenas can easily wake you up if necessary. 

Intravenous (IV) sedation

Intravenous sedation requires the expertise of a registered anesthesiologist. During this type of sedation dentistry, your anesthesiologist administers a prescription drug intravenously, through a needle, and into a vein. The anesthesiologist adjusts the amount of medication you receive throughout treatment, ensuring your comfort.

What type of sedation dentistry will benefit me?

To determine the most beneficial type of sedation dentistry, Dr. HagShenas conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and takes oral X-rays. After assessing the extent of work needed, he makes a recommendation that aligns with your budget and needs.

To see if you qualify for sedation dentistry, book an appointment at Silicon Valley Smile Solutions; call the office or schedule online today.