sedation dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

sedation dentistryScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Do you get nervous at the thought of an upcoming dental appointment? If so, you’re not alone. For millions of people, though, going to the dentist leads to anxiety or even feelings of outright fear. Does this sound like you? If so, then you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered at our Scotts Valley office. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide as a way to help you relax and remain calm during your appointments.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is a gas that you inhale through a mask while you receive your dental care. The purpose of nitrous oxide is to help you relax and feel comfortable while undergoing dental procedures. Your awareness of your surroundings will be diminished. This form of sedation will not put you to sleep; you will have complete control over your body and will be able to interact with your dental care team.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide is deemed safe for most patients. It contains a mild sedative, mixed with oxygen, and lasts only while receiving treatment. At the end of your treatment, the flow of the gas is cut off and replaced with pure oxygen. From there, it takes only a few minutes for the sedation effects to fade away. It is even safe for children who are apprehensive about their dental visit, or who may struggle with sitting still throughout their appointment. However, nitrous oxide has been known to cause nausea in children. For this reason, we ask parents to limit their child’s intake of food and drink for the hours leading up to their scheduled dental appointment.

Who should use nitrous oxide?

Patients who experience anxiety or fear of undergoing dental treatments or have experience a strong gag reflex should consider nitrous oxide. These individuals usually are in the greatest need of dental care, because they avoid going to the dentist because of their fears. Consequently, this extended neglect of their dental health increases the likelihood that they are dealing with serious dental problems that may require intensive treatments to resolve.

Sedation dentistry also can benefit patients suffering from certain pre-existing conditions that may complicate receiving dental care, including:

  • Jaw pain or discomfort that makes it difficult to keep open your mouth for an extended period of time while undergoing dental work
  • Problems sitting still for an extended period of time
  • A heightened or extremely sensitive gag reflex

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

If you suffer from any of these conditions listed above, sedation dentistry could be right for you. Also, patients undergoing multiple treatments that will require a longer than normal appointment may want to consider nitrous oxide for added comfort during their procedures. However, sedation is not a good treatment choice for everyone. We will not use sedation dentistry if you are pregnant, have glaucoma, or central nervous system depression. Sedation dentistry also is not a good choice for patients who have an allergy to sedatives, or a resistance to certain medications.

Sedation Dentistry in Scotts Valley

The next step is to schedule a consultation with us at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry. At this meeting, you should be sure to discuss your dental health and past medical history with the dentist to make certain nitrous oxide will be an effective treatment choice for you. Schedule your consultation today by contacting by calling (831) 824-5111. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.