Sedation Dentistry in Elk Grove, CA
Dental anxiety is incredibly common, and it can affect both adult and pediatric patients alike. At Villa Vista Dental, we want to help our patients have productive dental visits that are also as positive and comfortable as possible. We offer both nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation, two great options that can be utilized for routine dental treatments or advanced restorative work. To learn more about our sedation services, please contact us!
What does dental sedation feel like?
Nitrous oxide is administered through a comfortable nose mask. The special blend of nitrogen and oxygen gases can make patients feel light-headed and giddy or just comfortable and relaxed. Oral conscious sedation involves taking prescription medication at a certain time before the appointment and typically puts the patient into a deeper state of grogginess, like they are on the verge of falling asleep. Dental sedation makes patients less aware of their surroundings and can prevent memories from forming, so the patient remembers very little about their appointment.
Is dental sedation safe?
Dental sedation is safe for most patients to utilize. Before we add dental sedation to your treatment plan, we will review the service(s) you're receiving, your medical history, and your current health status to determine the best sedation option for you, if any. Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation do not render patients unconscious, making them safer choices than general anesthesia. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding dental sedation, please feel free to ask our knowledgeable dental team, and we will be happy to assist you.
Can I return to work or school after receiving sedation?
It depends on the sedation service you receive and your treatment plan. Some services, like oral surgery, require patients to go straight home post-treatment to rest and recover regardless of the sedation service they choose. Most patients can return to their daily routines and even drive themselves home after utilizing nitrous oxide. Patients who receive oral conscious sedation will likely feel pretty groggy after their appointment and should plan to go straight home and avoid driving or making big decisions for at least 24 hours after their treatment.