We use advanced sedation dentistry for a wide variety of in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable, calm and relaxed through any dental treatment or dental procedure. Our team will work closely with you to assess what fears you may have and determine a treatment option that feels comfortable for you.
Sedation Dentistry in Fair Oaks, CA
Dental sedation refers to medicine that is designed to reduce physical pain associated with treatment or to reduce anxiety and help you feel more relaxed while dental work is being completed. This makes the experience more pleasant and ensures our staff can perform their duties more effectively. Dental sedation is a safe and effective way to prevent pain, discomfort, or anxiety around your dental visit.
At Orcutt Family Dentistry, we want you to feel comfortable and safe during your visit with us. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
What is laughing gas and what does it do?
Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as Laughing Gas, is a mild sedative that can help reduce your anxiety or discomfort. It will not put you to sleep—you will be awake and conscious of your surroundings at our dental office. Once it kicks in you should feel relaxed. It’s colorless and odorless and its usefulness stems from its ability to quickly work and safely reverse its effects.
Is laughing gas safe for dental sedation?
Laughing gas is widely considered a safe dental sedation method for those that are generally healthy. If you experience high blood pressure, asthma, or other medical conditions you might be disqualified from receiving laughing gas before your procedure.
What type of anesthesia are used for dental work?
The most common types of anesthesia used are local anesthesia, oral sedation, and IV sedation.
- Local anesthesia is a numbing medication that is injected directly into the area that is to be treated—usually the gums around an infected tooth.
- Oral sedation is a more convenient type of anesthesia as there is a brief period of sedation and oftentimes little memory of the procedure. You take a pill approximately one hour before your procedure begins so by the time the dentist begins working, you feel completely relaxed. Dr. Orcutt is fully certified to administer oral sedation.
- IV sedation produces a more profound experience that usually leaves no memory of the actual procedure. It’s typically used for more intensive procedures like tooth extractions, dental implants, or other surgical procedures, however, the patient is conscious during the process.
If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Orcutt Family Dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.