Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Golden Valley Smiles

Dentistry located in Fresno, CA & Clovis, CA

If you have anxiety about receiving dental work, sedation dentistry can help you relax. At Golden Valley Smiles in Fresno and Clovis, California, experienced dentist Kaveh Karimi, DDS, and the team offer advanced sedation dentistry options to make each procedure comfortable and relaxing. Schedule an appointment with Golden Valley Smiles over the phone or online to learn more.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Your provider can use sedation dentistry, or medication that helps you relax during dental procedures, to ease the anxiety associated with:

  • Root canals
  • Bone grafts
  • Other dental restoration procedures
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental implant placement
  • Gum disease treatments
  • Other procedures you feel nervous about

Numerous types of sedation dentistry are available to match your anxiety level.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

There are different levels of sedation dentistry. The right choice for you depends on the dental procedure you require and how much anxiety you’re experiencing. Golden Valley Smiles providers offer:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a form of minimal sedation in which you breathe in a gas to help relax you. Because nitrous oxide wears off quickly, you can often drive yourself home after dental procedures.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation, or medicine you take by mouth, might be mild or moderate in strength. You can take a pill about an hour before a dental procedure to make you drowsy and relaxed. You remain awake during treatment.

IV sedation

During IV sedation, your provider controls the amount of sedative used and adjusts it as needed to achieve moderate or deep sedation.

What should I expect during dental procedures?

To determine the type of sedation and dental procedure that best suits your needs, your dental provider reviews your medical history, examines your mouth, and takes dental X-rays.

Regardless of the level of sedation you receive, your dentist uses local anesthesia to numb the treatment area so you don’t feel pain during the procedure. They compete tooth extractions, gum treatments, bone grafts, root canals, or other procedures while you relax comfortably or doze off.

Depending on the type of sedation dentistry you receive, you might be able to drive yourself home after treatment. If you undergo deep sedation, plan to have a friend or loved one drive you home.

Can I opt out of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry at Golden Valley Smiles is optional. Because your provider uses local anesthesia, dental procedures aren’t painful. Sedation can ease anxiety if you experience it, but you can opt out of sedation if you’d like.

When you’re ready for premium, comfortable dental care you can trust, schedule an appointment with Golden Valley Smiles over the phone or online today.