Sedation Dentistry in Sacramento, CA
Most people have some degree of anxiety when facing dental treatments, but if your fears are preventing you from seeing the dentist, there is relief available with sedation dentistry. Your oral health is too important to let nervousness stand in the way of proper dental care.
At the dental office of Dr. Raymond R. Benitez, you are in the hands of a superb sedation provider who can help you feel safe and secure during treatment. He trained in comprehensive oral sedation dentistry at the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation to deliver experienced, quality comfort care.
Dr. Benitez is compassionate towards those with dental anxiety, which is why he takes the time to understand your fears and listen to your concerns. He can recommend sedation options based on your level of anxiety, medical history, and the type of treatment you need.
Find a Sedation Treatment Right for You
Based on your medical history and level of anxiety, Dr. Benitez shares with you how different treatments work so that you can make an informed decision on your preferred sedation care.
Here are a few of the options he can recommend:
Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, this sedation option is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose and mouth. You feel a sense of euphoria while you remain alert and responsive during treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself to and from appointments safely.
Oral Sedation: Often administered in tablet-form and swallowed about an hour before your dental appointment, this medication reduces sensation and leaves you feeling groggy. You are conscious enough to answer questions and respond to those around you, but the effects of the medications are long-lasting and significant enough that you will need to make arrangements for transportation to and from appointments.
Am I a Candidate for Sedation?
Any patients who experience dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask Dr. Benitez about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
- Are afraid of needles and/or shots
- Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
- Can't handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist's office
- Have overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Require a more complex dental treatment
- Feel self-conscious about your teeth
- Wish to have a more comfortable dental treatment