Los Gatos Sedation Dentist
Does the thought of an upcoming dental appointment send you running for the hills? You’re certainly not alone. In fact, a majority of American adults have reported experiencing uncomfortable or anxious feelings when faced with the same scenario. At Los Gatos Dental Group, we make it a priority to help people feel safe and comfortable within our walls. If our friendly approach isn’t enough, sedation services are available to ease away those negative emotions, leaving you relaxed as we improve the health and beauty of your smile. After learning about your unique needs and level of dental phobia, Dr. Sawyer, Dr. Diercks, or Dr. Karamardian help you choose the option that works best for you.
Don’t let dental fear hold you back from enjoying great oral health. Instead, contact our Los Gatos, CA office to schedule an appointment with our staff! We also enjoy seeing new people from the nearby areas of Campbell, Saratoga, San Jose, Cupertino, and beyond.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Like the name suggests, oral conscious sedation relies on the use of an oral sedative to calm nerves and help you achieve a deep state of genuine comfort and peace during any procedure. The effects differ, but most people feel “out of it” and often don’t even remember much about their appointment once it’s finished. People undergoing oral conscious sedation will need a trusted family member or friend to both bring them to and from our Los Gatos location, as well as watch out for them at home until they’ve fully recovered.
IV Conscious Sedation
If your level of dental-related anxiety is severe, our team may recommend IV conscious sedation. This option is also ideal for people who need to undergo multiple lengthy procedures in one day. The sedative (a combination of midazolam and fentanyl) is administered intravenously, and you become deeply relaxed within minutes. This effect is so strong that many people remember virtually nothing from the appointment and feel as though they were asleep, despite remaining conscious the whole way through. We easily adjust dosage if needed to improve your experience, and our staff will carefully monitor your oxygen level and pulse at all times. Both Dr. Sawyer and Dr. Diercks have a license from the state of California which allows them to provide this sedation service. They are both trained in advanced cardiac support, and our office has been inspected and approved for IV conscious sedation by a state examiner.
This is a conscious sedation, which means that you are awake, responsive, and able to breathe on your own. Although, you usually are not able to remember any of the appointment. It is also referred to as “twilight sedation.” General sedation is a much deeper type of sedation, you are “out” and need to be intubated and placed on a breathing machine because you are unable to breathe on your own. This type of deep sedation is usually done in a hospital or surgical center setting and is not a type of sedation that we are licensed or trained to offer.
The effects of IV conscious sedation will last for the rest of the day, which is why it’s necessary that someone drive you home from your procedure and stay with you. By the next morning, you should feel back to normal and ready to share your improved smile with the world!
We are also able to provide you sedation that doesn’t require the use of narcotics or controlled-substances. NuCalm is a unique approach that uses proven neuroscience to bring your body into a deeply relaxed, pre-sleep state in as little as 3 minutes.
First, you will apply a topical cream or take a dietary supplement that will counteract your adrenaline response. Either approach uses completely natural ingredients that will have no lasting side effects other than helping calm your body and mind. Two small microcurrent stimulation patches will be placed behind your ears and will send gentle pulses in order to cause relaxation. You’ll also be given a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that will play frequencies that will slow your brain waves to a pre-sleep speed. Lastly, you’ll wear a light-blocking mask to help you maintain this state more easily.
The combination of these components is very powerful, and provides a type of sedation very different from our other methods. The end result is that you will be completely relaxed during your treatment, and will instantly feel normal afterwards, ready to go on with your day.