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Sedation Dentistry in Thousand Oaks, CA

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Don’t Let Fear of Dentistry Prevent You From Getting the Care You Deserve!

Dental care is very important for a healthy, full life. Some people suffer from severe dental anxiety or other conditions that make it difficult for them to seek appropriate dental care. For these patients, Dr. Jacqueline Subka offers a variety of sedation options in Thousand Oaks, CA, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide, intravenous (IV) conscious sedation, and local anesthetic. The following characteristics can make a patient an excellent candidate for sedation dentistry:

  • Severe dental anxiety
  • Fear of needles
  • Heightened gag reflex
  • Previous traumatic dental experiences
  • Strong aversion to dental sights, sounds, and smells

Dr. Subka and our staff make every effort to offer a comfortable and welcoming environment for those patients who suffer from dental anxiety.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry in Thousand Oaks, CA, contact Dr. Subka today.

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Types of Sedation Dentistry

Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation

IV Conscious Sedation allows sedatives to be administered directly into the bloodstream, providing an extremely effective solution to those with severe anxiety. Patients are set at ease and numbed, but still conscious so that they can follow Dr. Subka’s instructions. In addition to making the patient comfortable and numb, IV Conscious Sedation leaves patients with no memory of their procedure.

Oral Sedatives

Oral sedatives are an excellent option for patients who fear needles and shots. These pills are taken roughly an hour prior to the appointment and put the patient into a calm and relaxed state for the duration of the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

Nitrous oxide is a very effective relaxation agent. It takes effect within minutes, leaving the patient relaxed and happy. Once it has stopped being administered, the patient returns to normal within minutes. Unlike other sedation methods, nitrous oxide allows patients to drive themselves home after a very short wait.

Local Anesthetic

Local anesthetics such as lidocaine are not sedatives, but injections that are used to numb specific areas of the mouth. Like IV Conscious Sedation, the patient is still conscious and able to respond to the dentist, but it does not affect the overall consciousness or memory of the patient in any way. Patients are able to drive home after their procedures.