Sedation Dentistry  San Diego, CA

Sedation Dentistry

We fully understand that many people are anxious about visiting the dentist. Since we don’t want fear to hold you back from getting the dental care you need, we offer sedation dentistry to improve your experience. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax while we perform a dental treatment. At the same time, you will remain conscious and aware of your surroundings. Instead of avoiding dental procedures, ask us about sedation dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide  San Diego, CA

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a very safe form of sedation. It is inhaled and the effects start within a few seconds. It can be adjusted quickly if a patient is too light or too deep. Also, after a few minutes without the gas, it is safe to drive home. It has very little side effects and hardly any effects on the kidneys, liver, brain, and more.

Nitrous oxide makes many people feel happy and warm. It causes a lot of people to laugh so it is often called laughing gas. It is great for sedation when a person is nervous at the dentist. It is also a great pain relief.

Not many dentists use nitrous oxide analgesia anymore. We would be glad to use it if you are extremely nervous or you need some pain relief during your procedure. Our goal is to keep you as relaxed as possible, no matter what procedure that we are performing.

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In-Office General Anesthesia

Sometimes children need to be unconscious before our pediatric dentist can provide the necessary treatment. If your child is in this situation, Soudabeh Sharafi DMD can provide an in-office general anesthetic to help your child sleep while receiving his or her dental care. Please call us at 858-259-1400 to learn more about general anesthesia in San Diego, California, and to make your child’s appointment with Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi.

General anesthetics are usually administered through inhalation or with an injection in your child’s hand or arm. Occasionally, a long-lasting local anesthetic is also injected during this process, so that when your child’s procedure is complete, he or she will wake up feeling numb, giving you the chance to help your child remain comfortable.

General anesthesia may be recommended if:

  • Your child cannot relax or calm down enough for treatment to be performed safely
  • Needs oral surgery or another treatment that would be difficult to complete while he or she was awake
  • Needs extensive dental work performed in a single visit
  • Has a disability that limits his or her ability to understand directions and safely receive treatment
  • Our dentist will provide you with instructions about eating and drinking before and after the procedure, and on caring for your child following his or her treatment. Please follow these instructions as closely as possible.

We also recommend that you discuss he procedure with your child so that he or she will know what to expect.

For more information on general anesthesia and to make your child’s appointment with our pediatric dentist, please contact our practice today.

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