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San Ramon Sedation Dentistry - Anxiety Management - Stress Free Dental Visit

Dental treatments are most effective patients are in a comfortable, relaxed state. However, if you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, sedation dentistry may be an ideal solution for overcoming fears associated with dental care. Dr. Sherry Steinmetz is highly trained in sedation dentistry. By identifying the cause and degree of patients’ anxieties, our San Ramon sedation dentist is able to provide care that appropriately meets their needs.

When to Consider Dental Sedation

Ideal for patients 18 years of age or older, sedation dentistry is especially versatile in that it can be added to a number of dental procedures, ensuring patients enjoy a comfortable dental experience, regardless of the extent of their treatment.

Sedation dentistry is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from dental phobia or fear. These conditions can be particularly debilitating, causing patients to avoid dental care at all costs. These individuals are at an increased risk of developing dental conditions that may require more extensive treatment in the future. By adding sedation dentistry to treatments, patients suffering from dental phobia or anxiety are able to undergo treatment, stress-free. As certain dosages of sedation cause an amnesiac effect, many patients do not remember the details of their procedure, making sedation dentistry ideal for patients who are nervous about completing procedures. 

Types of Dental Sedation

The application and effect of dental sedation is dependent on the type of medication being administered. At New Age Dentistry, we provide our patients with options that appropriately address their needs. Our San Ramon dental practice offers several different types of sedation, including

Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, this sedative allows patients to remain awake and conscious throughout their procedure and induced feelings of relaxation. As the effects of nitrous oxide do not linger well beyond treatment, many patients can return back to work immediately following treatment. 

Oral Sedation: Depending on dosage, the effects of oral sedation can range from conscious relaxation to feeling asleep yet remaining responsive. Administered orally about an hour prior to treatment, this sedation option is ideal for patients who may suffer from mild to moderate cases of dental anxiety. Given the diversity in strength, it is recommended that patients secure a ride home following their treatment. 

Add Dental Sedation to Your Next Procedure

At New Age Dentistry, our team is dedicated to ensuring each patient has access to comfortable dental care. By offering a number of treatment options, our highly trained sedation dentist is able to ensure patients receive appropriate treatment that improves their dental experience for years to come. For more information about adding sedation dentistry to your next treatment, contact our San Ramon sedation dentist today.