WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Sedation dentistry is the term used for methods of calming or relaxing patients with extreme dental phobia. With some cosmetic or general dentistry patients, even thinking about going to the dentist or sitting in the dentist chair fills them with utter terror. We understand this fear is very real for people and we therefore invest in the training and resources to help those with the deepest anxiety regarding dentistry feel calm during their visits. Dental sedation has literally changed lives by allowing those who would not visit the dentist (even though they knew they needed to!) to get the dental care they badly needed. People who have avoided pictures because their smile was bad, or avoided family functions or even don’t kiss their spouse anymore are able to gain their confidence back with a refreshed smile only possible through sedation dentistry.
TYPES OF DENTAL SEDATION WE OFFER IN SAN DIEGO
Sedation dentist, Dr. Marcos Ortega offers two main types of dental sedation:
NITROUS OXIDE | Also called “laughing gas”. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedation treatment that “takes the edge off” your dental visits and allows you to be comfortable, and even enjoy yourself, during treatment.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION | Oral conscious sedation is another gentle sedation dentistry option that relaxes the patient and helps them receive the dental care they may have avoided without.
MARCOS ORTEGA, DDS | SAN DIEGO SEDATION DENTIST
In a general sense, dental sedation goes far beyond prescribing a sedative medication to calm the anxiety of a patient. Sedation dentist, Dr. Marcos Ortega, and his staff try to make every patient feel calm and relaxed during every step of their visits. When our cosmetic dentistry patients walk in the door, we welcome them and make them feel at home and at ease. Even if a patient is only coming in for a routine oral health exam or cleaning, we always check to make sure they are comfortable and relaxed. When more extensive dental work is needed, we explain exactly what the treatment(s) will entail and gauge the patient’s level of comfort. If they feel anxious about the procedure, we offer dental sedation so they can receive the dental care they need, without the stress and anxiety they definitely don’t need.