Are you a candidate for sedation dentistry?

June 28, 2023 0

Dental anxiety affects 36% of people in the United States and 12% of these people have extreme fear. Dental phobia can make people avoid going to the dentist entirely. Sedation dentistry allows patients to receive dental treatments safely and comfortably when visiting the dentist. It involves administering medication to help patients feel relaxed and calm, but they are not fully asleep.

Do you wonder if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry? If you have any of the following, you may be someone who would benefit from sedation dentistry.

  • Fear of dental treatment
  • History of traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Very sensitive gag reflex or difficulty opening
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • Limited time to get your dental care completed
  • Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery
  • Cannot get numb
  • Embarrassment about your teeth
  • In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
  • Have not received professional dental care in many years
  • Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental  problems
  • Often make and then cancel dental appointments
  • Make numerous, lengthy phone calls to the dentist’s office
  • Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests

If you hate the noises and smells associated with the dental offices then you may want to try IV sedation while you have your dental work completed. IV sedation does not put you fully to sleep, but it does make you less aware of your surroundings and eliminates dental pain. If you are looking for a painless dental experience, schedule an appointment with us at

About The Doctor

Tehachapi dentist, Jose David Sanchez D.D.S. has 46 years’ dental experience and is the owner of Sedation and Implant Dentistry in Tehachapi, California. Dr. Sanchez has completed specialized training in restoring complete function and esthetics to patients’ smiles with dental implants. At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Sanchez served as a clinical professor on restorative and operative dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including Fellow of Misch International Implant Institute, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Global Dental Implant Academy, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and California Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Sanchez continues to take hundreds of hours of continuing education courses yearly and stays up to date with the latest technology.

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