Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Pinole Family Dental

Family Dentists located in Pinole, CA

Men, women, and children alike have refused to visit their dentist out of fear or anxiety. Fortunately, sedation dentistry has helped countless patients overcome these feelings and receive the treatments they need. Dr. Mandi Chhina and Dr. Marc Chhina can use sedation for everything from simple teeth cleaning to complex dental procedures. If you'd like to learn more, schedule an appointment at their practice, Pinole Family Dental in Pinole, California, today!

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

In sedation dentistry, Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandi use gas or intravenous anesthesia medications to sedate the patient during dental procedures.

Sedation is viable for practically any dental treatment, though some sedation methods are more appropriate than others depending on the procedure. Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandi also consider your preferences and anxiety levels when choosing a sedation method for your procedure.

Are there different levels of sedation?

Dr. Mandi and Dr. Marc can use various levels of sedation:

  • Minimal sedation: The patient is relaxed but still awake.
  • Moderate sedation: The patient is groggy and may slur words when speaking.
  • Deep sedation: The patient is nearly unconscious but still responds to stimuli.
  • General anesthesia: The patient is unconscious and won’t wake up or remember the procedure.

How is sedation performed?

Minimal sedation

Minimal sedation -- typically composed of nitrous oxide and oxygen (a.k.a “laughing gas”) -- is usually administered via gas mask. Although the gas helps you relax, you’re awake for the entire procedure. Dr. Mandi and Dr. Marc typically use minimal sedation for regular teeth cleanings.

You can also receive minimal sedation in pill form. Benzodiazepine medications like Valium or Halcion are available, and your Pinole Family dentist can adjust the dose to provide minimal to moderate sedation. You'll likely take the pills about a half hour before the procedure. You'll be drowsy but awake during the procedure, though you can also doze off.

Moderate sedation

Moderate sedation is typically administered intravenously, which allows it to take effect quickly. Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandi can adjust the level of sedation with this method.

Deep sedation

Deep sedation is administered via an intravenous (IV) line that delivers the sedatives directly to your bloodstream.

General anesthesia

General anesthesia is a state of drug-induced sedation. The patient loses consciousness and requires help breathing during the procedure. Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandi only use this method for major oral surgeries.