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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Are you one of those people who’d rather endure a toothache than sit in a dentist’s chair? Well, if you are, then you’re not alone. There are thousands, if not millions, out there who are suffering from this sort of fear and it’s probably one of the main reasons why some people never ever go to the dentist.

Good news, though, sedation dentistry may help take away some of your anxiety. From invasive procedures to the simpler ones like tooth cleaning, sedation can be used to help ease your fears.

Using medication to help make dental procedures more relaxing and less uncomfortable, sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”. Though, the latter is not entirely correct as patients are usually kept awake, except in cases where general anesthesia is used.

There are four different levels of sedation and these are:

The Different Types of Sedation Used By Dentists


Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Like with any other procedure, there’s always going to be some kind of risk. With sedation, though, it’s usually safe as long as it’s done or administered by a certified and experienced dentist. However, people who are obese or those who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to develop complications from anesthesia and are advised to consult their doctors first.

Also, as far as sedation dentistry is concerned, here are a few things you’ll want to do or discuss with your dentist.

Don’t let the fear of going to the dentist stop you from having a healthy set of beautiful-looking pearly whites. With sedation dentistry, you have exactly what you need to make all those fears and anxieties go away.

Call your San Leandro dental office, Creative Dimensions in Dentistry for more information at 510-895-1776. Visit the website at

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