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Pacific Dental Associates Offers Sedative Options in San Francisco

Do you fear going to the dentist? You're not alone. In fact, many Americans tend to avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety, only going in severe cases. At Pacific Dental Associates, our team take your comfort into consideration at every appointment. While we are able to do this with our years of experience, we also offer dental sedative treatments to create a sense of calm and relaxation prior to your treatment.

Is Dental Sedation Right For You?

In the event that your treatment is more comprehensive, a local anesthetic is typically applied to numb the area. However, if numbing is not enough to ensure your comfort, then sedative alternatives may be valuable.  The following traits are common among clients who seek sedation:

• Low pain threshold. Can you not tolerate dental injections?
• Restless. Would you be able to sit still for an operation? 
• Sensitive teeth and/ or gums. Do your gums bleed when flossing?
• Bad gag reflex. Do you sometimes have trouble swallowing pill, or flossing your back teeth?

Sedation is also useful if you are undergoing a longer procedure, like a root canal or wisdom tooth removal.

What Kind of Sedation Can I Expect?

Depending on the appropriate level of sedation, our San Francisco dentists may use nitrous oxide supplied through a breathing mask, pill medication, or an IV.

There are different levels of sedation that we use during treatment:

• Minimal sedation – You’d be fully conscious, but relaxed.
• Moderate sedation – You will experience the same sense of calm with minimal sedation, but medication used will last longer. You will be also be able communicate with our dentists. 

Additionally, we can also provide oral conscious sedation and laughing gas options to fully quell patient anxieties and fears about their treatment. 

What to Know Before Sedation

It’s important to know that all dentists, in general,  most general dentists are qualified to administer mild  with nitrous, but only those who have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s program (usually oral maxillofacial surgeons and dental anesthesiologists) can use more complex forms of. As a result, we will review your medical history in order to determine an appropriate and safe dosage of recommended sedative. 

Contact Pacific Dental Associates 

Whether you choose sedation, be assured that your safety and comfort are always paramount at Pacific Dental Associates. Contact us today and we can establish the right treatment plan to ease anxiety and fear.