Sedation Dentistry


Bay Area Sedation Dentistry

San Francisco, Berkeley, Piedmont, & Oakland, California

Imagine walking into the dentist’s office, relaxing comfortably in the dental chair with a warm blanket, falling in and out of sleep, confident that when you fully awake you have completed your care. So many people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid. A Sedation Dentist can be an enormous help to those who are fearful of visiting the dentist.

Contact Dr. Bernstein to learn more about San Francisco Sedation Dentistry !

If you’re one of the 45 million Americans who avoid going to the dentist because they simply dislike the dental atmosphere, our I.V. sedation and oral sedation dentist has a solution for you.

Sedation dentistry is often thought to induce sleep in those who undergo it. This is actually not the case. What sedation dentistry is really about is taking just the right amount of professionally-administered sedatives to calm the anxiety and nerves of the patients who would otherwise experience strong fear, stress, and anxiety when having dental work performed. For patients who experience a strong negative emotional reaction when faced with the need to get dental work done, sedation dentistry may be the perfect solution.

There are a number of different sedatives available for dental procedures:

Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide is a gas that is administered through a nose hood and is often referred to as “laughing gas” for its mood elevating qualities. Having been used safely in dentistry for many years, nitrous oxide has very few side effects and is used often as a mild sedative.

Oral Conscious Sedation:For those who are uncomfortable with needles, Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) is a perfect sedation dentistry option. Taken in a pill or tablet form, these sedatives allow even the most anxious patients be be completely relaxed and comfortable, while still being conscious enough to respond to our requests. Imagine being so drowsy that you can barely keep your eyes open. Oral Conscious Sedation enables you to have any dental procedure without being aware of dental smells or sounds. And, of course, you will be completely numbed while you are sedated so the dental experience is comfortable even while you are sedated. Patients typically remember little, if anything, about their treatment.

I.V. Sedation:I.V. sedation works more quickly and with a greater degree of control than Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS). I.V. Sedation has similar effects as OCS, with the added benefit of being more profound and wearing off faster. I.V. Sedation requires rigorous safety standards, and Dr. Bernstein attends many hours of continuing education every year to ensure your safety.

For your safety, Dr. Bernstein is extensively trained, experienced and licensed in both Oral Conscious Sedation and I.V. Sedation. As with other sedation procedures in the medical setting, when you come in for a sedation visit, you are required to avoid food and liquids for 6 hours beforehand. And you must have a designated driver/caregiver to stay with you until you are fully recovered. While you are sedated, our team constantly monitors your vital signs and we have all required safety equipment and supplies on hand to make sure that your experience is safe.

General Anesthesia: For some patients, General Anesthesia is needed to complete dental treatment. For these patients, General Anesthesia is available in our office with one of our team of anesthesiologists. We have many patients who fall into this category, whether they have Cerebral Palsey, Alzheimers, Developmental Disabilities, Complicated Medical Histories, or they are resistant to more moderate forms of sedation. We are happy to take care of patients who require General Anesthesia.

Thousands of patients have tried and enjoyed the benefits of Sedation Dentistry (sleep dentistry). It is time for you to be one of them.

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