March 5, 2019

One of the most common reasons patients procrastinate when they need dental care is anxiety. Millions of people every year are affected by it, and dental anxiety is among the most intense kinds. Luckily, there are options to help those patients access treatment comfortably. Sedation dentistry uses a variety of methods to alleviate stress, depending on the procedure and the level of anxiety each patient experiences. When patients come to us for sedation treatment, Dr. Ahn works with them carefully to find just the right level of medication.

Sedation Techniques Available at Our Practice

Dr. Ahn uses I.V. sedation techniques to treat most patients. There are other approaches, but this one allows patients to remain conscious while a carefully calibrated and steady dosage of antianxiety medication is delivered directly into their bloodstream. This provides a number of benefits to both the doctor and the patient.

  • Patients can communicate and respond if they experience discomfort
  • Ahn can give instructions and get cooperation, which is not possible with unconscious patients
  • Positive experiences where dental anxiety is controlled or treated help to alleviate future anxiety because patients know sedation is available and it works

Patients who experience anxiety can request sedation for any procedure. The medication is safe, and each patient’s medical history is reviewed to make sure they are a candidate for this method.

Don’t Wait to Get the Treatment You Need 

If you’ve been waiting to access the dental care you need, don’t wait any longer. Sedation dentistry gives you the ability to access care without having to brave your way through dental anxiety. Treatment gets easier and easier for most patients as they catch up their preventative care and build more positive associations with procedures that promote their oral health, but until that happens, there are options to help you. Contact our office near San Rafael, CA today to make an appointment for a consultation and learn more about how sedation can help you.



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