The staff of All Coast Dental has seen many patients who experience some level of anxiety with each dental procedure or appointment. Some patients have had negative experiences with dental procedures that make them anxious, and others may have a sensitive gag reflex that has always made dental work dreadful. We understand why a dental appointment could be intimidating, but do not want to see patients delaying treatment because of these fears. Oral conscious sedation is an option we recommend for patients experiencing dental anxiety.
Oral conscious sedation is administered by taking a pill orally (usually Valium) before a procedure. The light sedative relaxes the patient but does not ‘knock out’ the patient, as they remain conscious. They are brought to an extremely relaxed state, and when the dentist begins working, local anesthetic is still used at the site of the procedure. The combination of oral conscious sedation and local anesthetic means the patient can stay relaxed and usually allows the dentist to complete more work in one session. This makes a more pleasant experience for an anxious patient, and can even mean less dental appointments overall!
To learn more about oral conscious sedation and all the services we provide, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.