Sedation Dentistry West San Jose
All of your dental issues can be safely treated while you are under conscious sedation. San Jose Dentist Dr. Pries dispenses medicine that leaves you relaxed and sleepy. You do not fall asleep; nor are you under general anesthetic. You will be able to understand and respond to requests from Dr. Pries and his staff.
IV sedation differs from oral sedation (taking a pill) because the San Jose Dentist Dr. Pries has much more control over the amount of medication given. IV sedation allows the Doctor to more accurately control your level of sedation, achieving deeper levels of sedation much more safely. Different agents can be added depending upon your medical history, medications you may be taking, or any other special needs you may have.
With IV sedation you will be so relaxed that an hour of treatment will feel like a minute. You will have very little, if any, memory of the appointment. Dr. Pries is able to do a significant amount of dental treatment in one or two visits that would ordinarily take multiple appointments.
IV sedation is preferable for people with high fears, extreme anxiety or other medical issues. We successfully treat patients on multiple medications or those who have had difficulty sedating or having teeth get numb in the past. We have also successfully treated some special needs patients as well.
San Jose Dentist Dr. Pries use four levels sedation:
Deeper sedation – IV Sedation
Moderate sedation – Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedative in combination
Light sedation – An oral sedative (a pill)
Light sedation – Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Intravenous sedation/conscious sedation is deeper, more reliable and controllable, and easily adjusted to each individual patient.
Mild or moderate sedation/procedural sedation in which you are awake but drowsy is a very effective way to relieve anxiety. With slightly deeper sedation, you will be breathing on your own while monitored but you will have no memory of your procedure when you wake.
The level of sedation will be adjusted according to your needs.
Most patients consider IV sedation for more invasive procedures, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, and dental crowns. However, certain levels of sedation can be used for all types of general and cosmetic dentistry.