Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Smiles N Braces Family Dental

Reshma Nazir, DDS

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Danville, CA

If fear or anxiety keeps you from regular dental visits, you may be a great candidate for the sedation dentistry services available at Smiles N Braces in Danville, California. Reshma Nazir, DDS, offers a variety of sedation techniques to relax your body and calm your nerves during many common dental procedures, including extractions, cosmetic treatments, and dental implants. Find out more about the benefits of sedation dentistry by calling Dr. Nazir’s Danville office or booking an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a customized service that helps you stay calm and relaxed during dental procedures. Dr. Nazir offers several types of sedation during in-office procedures, including:

  • Nitrous oxide: a mild sedative commonly known as laughing gas which you inhale through your nose during the procedure to provide relaxation and a general sense of well-being
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation: a moderate type of sedation that delivers relaxation medicines directly into your bloodstream to keep you relaxed
  • Oral conscious sedation: moderate sedation that uses oral medications to dull your senses and keep you calm

Dr. Nazir can determine which type of sedation is right for you after discussing your general fears and based on the type of procedure you’re having.

What medications are used in oral sedation?

The medications Dr. Nazir uses for oral conscious sedation are in a class known as benzodiazepines. The medicines are effective at reducing anxiety and are often used in treating muscle spasms and seizures. They keep you calm and relaxed, but still aware of your surroundings.

The most common types of medicines for oral conscious sedation include:

  • Valium®
  • Halcion®
  • Ativan®
  • Versed®

Depending on your medical history and other factors, Dr. Nazir can determine if this type of treatment is right for you and which medicine would be most effective at keeping you comfortable throughout your treatment.

Because oral sedation can make you feel drowsy after your procedure, it’s necessary to have a loved one at the appointment to drive you home and care for you following your treatment.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

Because dental fears and phobias keep many people away from the dentist, they are at increased risk of developing complicated dental problems and eventually losing their natural teeth. By providing sedation dentistry options if needed, Dr. Nazir can address necessary dental issues while you remain relaxed and comfortable.

Advantages of sedation dentistry include:

  • No needles
  • No side effects
  • Safe and effective

Additionally, by keeping you calm and relaxed, Dr. Nazir can perform dental procedures in a faster period of time and often accomplish more in one visit, which can help you avoid additional appointments and more treatments.

Don’t let fear keep you from good dental health. Learn more about the available sedation dentistry services by calling Dr. Nazir’s Danville office or scheduling an appointment online today.