IV Sedation Dentistry

Le Chabot Dental

Dental Implant Specialists & General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in San Leandro, CA

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. From nitrous oxide to intravenous (IV) sedation, our certified IV sedation dentist will choose the right sedation medication to help patients relax through their entire dental experience, pain-free.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

  • Inhaled minimal sedation: Patients breathe nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask to help them relax. Your dentist controls the amount of sedation you receive. The gas wears off quickly and it is the only form of sedation where patients can drive themselves home following the procedure.
  • Oral sedation: This type of sedation can range from minimal to moderate and is given via a pill. Taken about 1 hour prior to treatment, the pill makes you drowsy although you'll still be awake. With a higher dose, some patients become groggy enough to fall asleep during treatment but can usually be awakened with a gentle shake.
  • IV moderate sedation: The sedative is administered through a vein so it goes to work quickly. This method of sedation allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation. With this method, you are in a semi-awake state and will likely have little to no memory of the treatment.
  • Deep sedation or general anesthesia: The sedation medication will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious-deeply asleep during the procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot be easily awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry with an IV is appropriate for many patients with varied medical histories because the patient remains conscious throughout the procedure (unlike general anesthesia used for other major surgical procedures). Our team uses sedation for patients who visit us with:

  • Past traumatic experiences at another dentist's office
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Allergies to other numbing agents or difficulty becoming numb before treatment
  • Discomfort or anxiety associated with the smells, noises, and tastes that accompany dental work
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • A need for multiple treatments in a single visit

What are the benefits of choosing sedation dentistry at Le Chabot Dental?

  • All dental procedures are done in one location at our practice with a friendly, familiar team
  • While sedated, Dr. Le and his team can complete multiple treatments in one visit
  • More complex dental procedures such as oral surgery and implant dentistry can be performed without the patient feeling any anxiety or pain

Alleviating pain and fear is that simple, and our team will be happy to answer your questions and address concerns over the phone or during your exam before you choose sedation dentistry.


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