Feel at Ease During Your Appointment with Dental Sedation
Though we always strive to make our office a welcoming and comfortable environment for all our patients, we understand that going to the dentist may be a stressful experience for some. At the San Diego dental office of Dr. Vaheed Baeyette, we offer sedation dentistry options as a potential aid for patients with dental anxiety.
Dr. Bayette is one of the best dentists in Mission Valley, Spring Valley, and Lemon Grove, CA. Learn how dental sedation can help you at your next dental appointment.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves sedative medications to help you feel more relaxed and calm during your visit. Dental sedation is ideal for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment.
Our experienced dentists in San Diego will ensure that your entire treatment is safe. A member of our team will carefully monitor you during your visit. Depending on your sedation option, you may need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
When is Sedation Dentistry Recommended?
Dental sedation solutions are typically recommended for patients who experience anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist or for those who need to undergo lengthy or complex dental procedures. Sedation dentistry may also be ideal for patients with a strong gag reflex or difficulty sitting still for long periods.
Schedule a consultation at our San Diego office by calling (619) 901-0708 to learn if you may benefit from sedation dentistry.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Not only does sedation dentistry help you relax during your appointment, but it also comes with a host of other benefits:
- Anxiety-free dental care
- More comfortable visits
- Safe, professional application and monitoring
- Increased efficiency of treatment
- Increased treatment accessibility
- Increased resistance to pain and discomfort
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation involves a colorless, odorless gas mixed with oxygen that you’ll inhale during your treatment. As the nickname laughing gas implies, nitrous oxide produces a mild feeling of giddiness and euphoria. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after your dentist stops the flow of gas.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves taking oral medication before your treatment. By the time of your appointment, you will feel calm and at ease. The effects of this dental sedative typically last longer than those of nitrous oxide, so you’ll need to secure reliable transportation home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sedation dentistry reduces anxiety and pain. By combining sedatives and numbing agents, you won’t feel a thing during your dental procedure. You may experience mild discomfort once the numbness subsides, but any soreness should fade after a few days.
Yes, sedation dentistry is safe. Your dentist will thoroughly evaluate your overall health and medical history before deciding whether dental sedation is ideal for you. Sedation doesn’t leave long-lasting effects and the effects of some sedatives, like nitrous oxide, can be instantly reversed. At your initial consultation, voice any questions or concerns, and your dentist will explain the process.
The coverage of sedation dentistry by insurance plans can vary. Some insurance plans may cover the cost of sedation dentistry, while others may only cover a portion of the cost. It’s wise to check with your insurance provider beforehand to determine what’s covered under your plan.
While sedation dentistry can help many patients immensely during their visits, it’s unfortunately not suitable for everyone. Several groups of people may not be good candidates for sedation dentistry, such as:
- Children under the age of six
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions
- People with certain allergies
- People with a history of drug abuse
Relax During Your Visit to Our Dentist in Mission Valley
At the dental office of Dr. Vaheed Bayette, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. If you suffer from dental anxiety, have had negative experiences at the dentist, or simply feel nervous about your treatment, sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease.
Schedule a consultation to learn if you’re an ideal candidate for dental sedation. Call our San Diego dental office at (619) 901-0708. You can also request more information or book an appointment online by filling out our contact form.