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Sedation Dentistry in Salinas: Patient Comfort

It is not uncommon to be terrified of the dentist. In fact, dental phobia prevents thousands of patients from visiting the dentist whatever the cost. However, neglecting your oral health automatically puts you at high risk for serious decay, gum disease, and, consequently, poor overall health. For patients who avoid the dentist out of fear or anxiety, consider learning more about sedation dentistry.

At Blanco Circle Dental Care we offer Oral Conscious Sedation, Nitrous Oxide Sedation, and IM (intramuscular) or IV Sedation. Dr. Klugman is one of only about 500 dentists in California who is certified in sedation, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

Oral Conscious Sedation (Children and Adults)

Oral sedation involves taking medication by mouth just before your appointment. This enables you to feel relaxed but remain conscious during your treatment so can answer any questions the doctor may have. The effects of oral sedation takes time to wear off, therefore you will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home after the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide for Dental Patients

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas administered through a nasal mask, and is commonly referred to as laughing gas. Dr. Klugman controls the amount of nitrous you receive, and within minutes you will feel relaxed. This allows us to ensure you stay safe and comfortable as we perform your dental work. Then, the moment we remove your mask, the effects subside and you can go about your day with no residual drowsiness.

Dental IM or IV Sedation

IM or IV sedation is typically used during lengthy procedures, such as oral surgery. The dosage involved in this sedation method is controlled by Dr. Klugman and can therefore be tailored to meet your needs based on your level of anxiety. It is also useful for patients with a sensitive gag reflex or who suffer from TMJ disorder and find it difficult or even impossible to keep their mouth open for long periods of time.

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