Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Valle Smiles

Dentistry located in Fairfield, CA

More than 60% of people worldwide experience dental anxiety or fear. If you’re nervous about dental treatment, or even feel so scared that you try to avoid it, Valle Smiles in Fairfield, California, is the dental practice for you. The gentle and highly skilled dental care team takes special care with nervous and scared patients, and several sedation dentistry options ensure that you’re both physically and emotionally at ease during your treatment. Call the office or click the appointment maker to book now.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a specialized dental approach for fearful or anxious patients. Millions of children and adults feel worried or scared when preparing to see the dentist, but that doesn’t need to interfere with necessary dental care thanks to sedation dentistry. 

Valle Smiles offers several types of sedation dentistry to meet the needs of children and adults alike. Options include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation. The Valle Smiles team helps you choose the best option for your situation. 

What is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. You breathe this gas mixture in through a small hood that fits over your nose. As it takes effect, you grow very relaxed but remain awake and able to communicate with the Valle Smiles team. 

After the dental procedure, the Valle Smiles team turns the gas off and you breathe in pure oxygen. The sedative effects wear off very quickly. Many patients who have nitrous oxide sedation experience temporary amnesia, which means they don’t remember the dental procedure afterward.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation involves taking a sedative medication (one or two pills, usually) before your dental procedure. The oral sedative takes effect within an hour, with exact onset time depending on the specific sedative and your body’s individual reaction. 

Oral sedatives help you feel very relaxed, while staying alert and able to communicate. As with nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedatives often have a temporary amnesia effect. They generally wear off within a few hours of the procedure. You can’t drive yourself home after oral sedation.

What is intravenous (IV) sedation?

IV sedation is a stronger type of sedation that’s often used for oral surgery or other complex procedures. In this kind of sedation, you receive a sedative through a small needle in your vein. Because the sedative goes directly into your blood, it takes effect faster than oral sedation. 

This kind of sedation may bring on a state of drowsiness, but you won’t go to sleep completely. The Valle Smiles team continuously monitors your vital signs to ensure your safety. You can’t drive yourself home after IV sedation.

Call Valle Smiles to discuss your IV sedation options, or use the online booking tool to make an appointment around the clock.