Whether dental appointments make you particularly nervous or you just want to relax during your treatment with no distractions, we offer sedation dentistry options to keep you calm, cool, and collected. Call us today to go over your options.
The goal of sedation dentistry is to ensure patients can get the help they need to restore their oral health, even if they suffer from dental anxiety or are nervous about an upcoming surgery like a tooth extraction. Along with local numbing, sedation totally eliminates discomfort and helps you get the dental care you need without fear, anxiety, or feelings of panic. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Ghina Morad today or stop by our office located at 2920 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94061.Book a Visit
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is administered through a small mask that fits comfortably over your nose to help you relax. It is not intended to put you to sleep. Instead, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have, but you’ll be completely relaxed and pain-free.
One significant benefit of sedation with laughing gas is that the effects wear off within minutes once you remove the mask, so you will be able to drive yourself home after treatment and go about the rest of your day just as you normally would.
Oral conscious sedation is simply a sedative taken in pill form about an hour before your procedure. This medication allows you to stay awake and aware during treatment, but you will feel no discomfort or pain. Patients who opt for oral conscious sedation say they feel drowsy, but relaxed throughout their appointment. Since it can take a few hours for the effects to wear off, you will need to arrange for a ride home from after your appointment.
As long as you are healthy and do not have any conditions that may rule you out as a candidate, such as serious respiratory problems, sedation is likely a good choice for you. However, to make sure you’re safely sedated, Dr. Morad will discuss your medical history, ask about any prescription drugs and supplements you’re taking, as well as other information.