With sedation and sleep dentistry, the professionals at Kearbey Dental Group can help remove the sense of dread or anxiety you may have about visiting the dentist or having dental work completed.
In addition to commonly used pills and nitrous oxide, the dentists at Kearbey Dental Group are certified by the Dental Board of California to offer intravenous sedation. Demonstrating the priority we place on providing comfortable care, fewer than 1% of dentists in California have received the certification required for IV sedation.
Your options for comfort include:
Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is used to induce a state of relaxation. This is the lightest form of sedation available at Kearbey Dental Group and permits simple procedures to be completed with increased comfort. When the procedure is finished patients are permitted to drive home as normal function is restored with oxygen administration.
Medication, in the form of pills taken orally, are prescribed for the patient and taken 30 minutes prior to their appointment. These medications decrease anxiety and often induce a mild amnesia, resulting in little memory of the dental visit. This creates a level of sedation that is slightly deeper than that of nitrous oxide, but is still very safe and allows many patients to complete dental work they may have considered impossible before. Patients receiving oral sedation are not permitted to drive before or after the dental procedure; they must be escorted by a responsible adult.
During intravenous sedation, the board-certified dentists at Kearbey Dental Group administer medications through an IV, facilitating the highest level of patient comfort throughout the procedure with added safety. Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation works instantly and removes the uncertainty of how many pills will keep you comfortable. As the patient is sedated through the IV, we can tailor the medications to each patient's response accurately and safely. Patients receiving intravenous sedation are not permitted to drive before or after the dental procedure; they must be escorted by a responsible adult.