Carlsbad Sedation
Dentistry

Easing your dental treatment experience

Uneasiness or fear of dental treatments is common — most people are slightly anxious about going to a dental clinic. This fear often stops people from seeking essential dental treatments and checkups to maintain oral health. At Carlsbad Beach Dental, we provide the most effective sedation dentistry options to alleviate all your fears, concerns, anxieties, and discomfort, allowing you to sail through your dental treatment in a safe and relaxed environment.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, at 760-729-5881 or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

At Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, we offer several luxurious amenities for your optimal comfort and relaxation, including TVs, music, comfortable chairs, and a relaxing spa-like environment, but sometimes that isn’t always enough to alleviate a patient’s anxieties and fears regarding dental treatments. If you’re anxious about dental treatments, we offer various anesthetic and sedation dentistry options to help you relax and enjoy your treatment. The anesthesia ensures physical comfort, and sedation dentistry ensures mental comfort.

What's involved in Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry involves using medications to help you relax during dental treatments. There are several forms of sedation dentistry options with different levels of consciousness. Minimal sedation options help you relax while staying wide awake. Moderate sedation options help you relax and make you sleepy, though you’re still awake.

Deep sedation options bring you to the edge of consciousness, but you can be awakened easily, and general anesthesia is also called “sleep dentistry” because you’re completely unconscious.

Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, offers some of the most effective sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

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“It is always a wonderful experience at Dr. Addy’s office. Everyone is so kind, helpful and soothing. No matter what service we have received at Carlsbad Beach Dental it has been outstanding service!”

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, popularly known as “laughing gas,” is one of the most popular sedation dentistry options. It’s a gas that’s simply inhaled through a mask to induce a pleasurable and lightheaded feeling. Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting gas that works in seconds after the inhalation and then leaves your body just as fast, allowing you to drive back from the clinic. Nitrous oxide reduces pain response, increases relaxation, produces a tingling and warm sensation in your body, and makes you groggy.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

  • Convenient, no needles
  • Takes effect within seconds
  • Extremely safe, rare side effects
  • Suitable for most people
  • Leaves the system instantly
  • Feels good
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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation refers to medications taken orally to alleviate anxiety and distress. You’ll be asked to take the oral medications approximately one hour before the procedure because they take a while to work. Oral sedation leaves you wide awake and aware of your surroundings, but you feel comfortable, relaxed, safe, and free from anxieties. Some patients feel sleepy or groggy and often drift into a gentle sleep during the procedure. However, the primary goal of oral sedation isn’t to put you to sleep but simply relieve your anxiety.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

  • Convenient, no needles
  • Extremely safe, rare side effects
  • Suitable for complex treatments

IV Sedation

IV sedation is the type of sedation dentistry wherein medications are delivered into your body intravenously. It calms your nerves, relieves anxieties, and lulls you into a gentle sleep, which is why it’s often called “twilight sleep.” You’ll still be able to respond to the dentist, but you might not have complete recollection of the procedure later. IV sedation induces a deep sense of relaxation, and it’s suitable for more complex procedures than nitrous oxide sedation. The level of sedation can also be adjusted through the procedure.

Benefits of IV Sedation

  • Works faster than most sedation options
  • Extremely safe, rare side effects
  • Sedation level can be altered easily
  • Suitable for advanced procedures
  • You forget most of the procedure details

Contact us today for more information on sedation dentistry and let us help you find out which is the best procedure for you.

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