Creative Dimensions in Dentistry

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San Leandro (510) 895-1776

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Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Today we have the ability to do your necessary dentistry while you are relaxed. This can be accomplished by using medications to relieve anxiety. The simplest form of sedation is to breath in Nitrous Oxide. Another option is for us to prescribe oral medications. A third option of sedation dentistry is with IV conscious sedation, you will have limited or no memory of the dental experience.

All of our general dentists are certified providers for oral sedation and two are certified providers for IV conscious sedation.

Occasionally a patient may become anxious and can't relax. As many as 30% of adults in America are afraid of needles. Sedation dentistry offers these dental patients a safe and effective alternative through sedation dentistry.

There are three forms of conscious sedation that allow a patient to relax and/or become sleepy. Forms of conscious sedation may involve nitrous oxide analgesia, taking an oral medication, or receiving medication intravenously.

Sedation dentistry relaxes the patient and allows those who might avoid a dental visit a safe and anxiety free alternative. If you are hesitant about scheduling your next visit, consider sedation dentistry. Ask us for more info and we will be sure to put your mind at ease.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing nitrous, is most often used for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over the patient's nose. As the nitrous begins to work, the patient becomes calm, although he or she is still awake and can talk. When the nitrous is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.

Oral Sedation

For the more apprehensive or anxious patient oral medications can be used to establish a level of sedation (relaxation) that creates a safe and comfortable dental experience. Oral sedation allows the dentists at CDD to accomplish more extensive dental care in fewer visits with enhanced patient comfort. Patients treated under oral sedation remain aware of their surroundings but feel calmer and are more relaxed. Oral sedation is customized to each individual patient's unique situation for comfort and safety.

Drs. Maass, Alvaro, Salehinia, Chhina, MacKenzie and Erickson are all Certified Providers of Oral Conscious Sedation.

If you have questions about oral sedation dentistry call and schedule a consultation with one of our trained and certified doctors.

IV Sedation

Take all of the fear out of going to the dentist. The doctors at Creative Dimensions can put you into a relaxed state and provide all of your treatment often in one visit. The IV (into a vein) method requires additional advanced training and certification to administer and monitor patients under treatment. IV sedation allows the patient to usually have no memory of the experience and recover much faster than if having a general anesthetic.

Dr. David MacKenzie and Dr. Jeffrey Erickson are certified providers for IV conscious sedation.

Some of the indications that would make IV sedation a good option:

  1. You can't relax enough to allow treatment to be completed.
  2. You need extensive treatment and would like as much as possible completed in a single appointment.
  3. There is a medical, physical or emotional disability that limits the effectiveness of regular treatment options.
  4. You have difficulty or are unable to get numb for dental procedures.

If you have questions about IV sedation you can make a consultation appointment with either of our IV certified doctors.