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Sedation Dentistry - Extreme FearExtreme Fear and Sedation Levels

What if I am extremely fearful?

While conscious sedation is an excellent option for the vast majority of patients that suffer from treatment anxiety, in some cases, those who experience extreme fear of dental treatment, dental phobia, would have the option of receiving treatment under general anesthesia, meaning the patient is unconscious during treatment.

This is different from conscious sedation in that the patient is in a heightened relaxed state but is still able to respond to basic commands.

If you believe that you suffer from dental phobia talk to Dr. Huang about whether general anesthesia may be appropriate for you.

So, there are different types or levels of sedation?

Santa Teresa Dental utilizes three levels of sedation as well as nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

  • Anxiolysis

    It is also known as light sedation. This is the lowest level of sedation and may be appropriate for certain patients.

    It helps slightly anxious patients who state that they need the “edge taken off” in order to receive treatment.

    Many patients in general practice presently benefit either from inhaling nitrous oxide or from a medication given pre-operatively, ultimately helping them relax for a perceived invasive procedure.
  • Conscious Sedation

    This is a minimally depressed level of sedation whereby the patient maintains his/her own airway and reflexes, and has the ability to respond to physical and verbal stimuli.

    This level of sedation provides a deeper state of relaxation. It often includes medication the night before an appointment, before the appointment, and during the appointment.

    Dr. Huang is licensed by State of California to administer Adult Oral Conscious Sedation.
  • General Anesthesia

    This level of sedation renders a patient unconscious. It is generally known as sleep dentistry.

    Santa Teresa Dental has partnered with Dr. Alex Targ, a highly experienced Board Certified General Anesthesiologist to provide Sleep Dentistry to both adults and children.

    Dr. Targ uses the highest quality equipment in a precise, safe manner and state-of-the art monitoring to ensure that sedated patient is asleep, comfortable, and safe during the entire procedure and after.

    By partnering with Dr. Targ, patients and parents often avoid expensive hospital facility fees.