Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation Dentistry San Luis Obispo

Finally, a relaxing way to visit the dentist

If you have been searching for a dentist in the San Louis Obispo, California area that provides sedation dentistry, look no further than Family and Laser Dentistry.  We know patients are nervous about visiting the dentist, and want to ensure that no matter your level of anxiety you have a comfortable visit with us.

If your dental anxiety that is preventing you from coming to the dentist, know that the Dr. Colleran takes your fear seriously and is prepared to help you receive the care you need, comfortably.

Dentistry today is much different than what you may have experienced as a child. However, if the sounds, smells, or the idea of needles are too overwhelming, we understand. That is why we offer sedation dentistry for our patients.

What is sedation dentistry?

The levels of sedation used include:

  • Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed
  • Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure
  • Deep sedation — you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened

What are my options for sedation?

Nitrous oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide can be provided if you need something to take the edge off. The gas is administered through a mask and smells and tastes slightly sweet. You will be relaxed and may even feel a bit euphoric.

Oral sedation

If you need something more than nitrous oxide, Dr. Colleran can provide a prescription pill to take about an hour before your procedure.

The medication is a mild sedative that will likely make you drowsy but awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. If this is the better fit for you, you will feel groggy and may even fall asleep during the procedure. Most people have a blurred memory of the procedure and find sedation helps tremendously with their anxiety.

No matter your fear, we are here to help.  It is important to maintain your oral health, and Dr. Colleran is ready to partner with you in order to ensure your mouth is being cared for.

If you are curious about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would love to discuss your options, your comfort is our highest priority. Give us a call today at (805) 543-0814 or schedule an appointment online.

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