We want your dental appointment to be a comfortable, positive experience. The first step is to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable. From the relaxing surroundings in our reception area to the soothing environment we have created in our treatment rooms, no detail is too small where your comfort is concerned. Our caring, professional staff is committed to creating a pleasant atmosphere for you. Drs. Cueva and Ha have extensive training in various types of sedation. Together you will be able to determine what kind of sedation will be appropriate for you during your treatment.
The most anxious patient may receive intravenous conscious sedation. Other patients just need a little help achieving a relaxed state and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is available when needed to make you more comfortable.
Intravenous (I.V.) Conscious Sedation
Intravenous (I.V.) conscious sedation is the highest level of sedation our office performs. During I.V. sedation, medications are administered through an I.V. line that allows small doses of various medications be administered to produce a state of relaxation, reduced perception of pain, and drowsiness. However, you will not be put to sleep as with a general anesthetic. In addition, local anesthetics will be administered to numb the areas of your mouth to be operated and thus further control pain. The drugs to be used may include Versed, Nubain, and possibly Phenergan, and Dexametazone. Your vital signs are continuously monitored, while you are sedated, by Dr. Cueva and our staff with our state-of-the-art equipment. After treatment you may have no memory of the surgical procedure. Visit our pages for pre-treatment sedation and post-treatment sedation instructions.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is used for minor procedures for very anxious patients. You will take a small pill approximately one hour prior to the procedure at our office. You will need to have a responsible adult to drive you to the office since you will not be able to drive yourself home. Your escort should be familiar enough with you to assist you in the bathroom if needed. You will be escorted by our staff to a comfortable chair and a small electronic sensor will be placed on your fingertip. This sensor allows us to monitor your vital signs during the entire procedure. When you are relaxed comfortably, Dr. Cueva or Dr. Ha will begin your dental care. When the doctor is finished with your treatment, your escort will drive you home. You probably will not even remember being at our office.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is especially useful for adult patients who:
- Have high anxiety about dental visits
- Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have TMJ troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods
- Are afraid of needles
- Have sensitive teeth
- Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
- Simply do not have the time for multiple visits