Sedation Dentistry in El Dorado Hills
At El Dorado Family Dental, we want you and your family to get the comfortable and stress-free dental care you need. We also don’t want dental anxiety to prevent you or a loved one from visiting the dentist.
Because we understand that many patients struggle with dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to make your six-month dental visits easier and more comfortable.
Dr. Albik offers various sedation options to help even the most nervous of his patients have a positive experience. Although he is the most gentle dentist around, he completely understands that anxiety is a real issue and deserves to be addressed safely and effectively.
If you haven't visited the dentist in a while because of dental anxiety, we are here to help you reach your oral health goals with ease, respect, and compassion.
Remember, at El Dorado Family Dental, we have helped patients just like you overcome their dental anxiety through a combination of local anesthesia and sedation dentistry options.
Numbing Agents to Improve Dental Anxiety
Sometimes, all it takes is a small step to offset your dental fears.
Many of our patients feel relief from analgesics (pain relievers), like xylocaine or lidocaine. These analgesics temporarily numb the gums and teeth in the area where Dr. Albik will be working. When you can go through your dental appointment without feeling any of the "scary" sensations or worry about pain, it can help you feel more relaxed and at ease.
However, some patients require a little more help keeping anxiety at bay, and we have options for these needs.
Deciding If Sedation Dentistry Is Right for You
If you experience anxiety when you consider visiting your dentist, your solution to unlocking stress-free dentistry may include both numbing agents and oral sedation.
We offer sedation dentistry in El Dorado Hills, CA in the form of a pill or nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
While dental anxiety is one of the leading reasons for seeking a sedation option, there are many other reasons you may want to consider this treatment, including:
- Phobias related to medical or dental procedures
- Negative experiences with previous dental work
- Overly sensitive oral nerves
- Natural resistance to traditional local anesthetic options
As with any medical treatment, you should discuss your medical history and allergies to medications with your El Dorado Hills dentist and primary care physician before considering treatment. Together, Dr. Mohamad Albik and Dr. Sherif Hassan, along with the rest of your treatment team, can come up with the best sedation option for you based on your health profile.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Conscious oral sedation is used to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures.
If you choose this method, Dr. Albik will prescribe your medication and direct you to take one pill the night before treatment and another pill one hour before your appointment. Conscious oral sedation is a mild sedative that helps you remain calm and loose during your treatment while remaining conscious.
Due to the lingering effects of oral sedation, you are required to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. However, you should feel back to normal within a day.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that is inhaled through a comfortable nasal mask. It gives patients feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and tranquility, and it helps relax the muscles in the body.
Sometimes, patients may even giggle or have fits of laughter, hence the nickname “laughing gas.” You remain conscious while using nitrous oxide and can even respond to simple questions or commands as directed by your dentist. The effects are short-lived after a patient ceases inhalation of the gas.
Don’t Let Anxiety Prevent You from Getting the Care You Need
We proudly offer reliable sedation dentistry to patients who may have difficulty relaxing during their dental treatment. In addition, if you or a loved one suffers from dental anxiety or another condition that hinders receiving necessary dental treatment, please give us a call.
We provide exceptional family dentistry to all surrounding communities, such as El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Folsom Ranch, Placerville, and beyond.