Conscious Sedation in Rohnert Park, CA
Also Serving Patients in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, CA
If you suffer from anxiety associated with going to the dentist you are not alone. Odontophobia, or the fear of going to the dentist, is shared among about half of all Americans.
In fact, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), a professional dental organization dedicated to ensuring that patients receive comfortable and safe, anxiety-free dental care, estimate nearly 30 percent of the population completely avoid the dentist due to fear.
Fortunately compassionate dental practices such as Sonoma Smiles have started to pay attention to people who need a little extra help feeling comfortable sitting in a dentist’s chair and having their teeth worked on. We believe that everyone deserves healthy teeth, and dental anxiety should not cause people to avoid getting the treatment they need. Dental anxiety can interfere with the maintenance of oral health. To help patients cope with this fear, Sonoma Smiles practices oral sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a process used to create a relaxed, calm state through the use of sedatives. Dr. Sutton is a licensed sedation dentist and will administer medication that allows patients to have a minimally depressed level of consciousness. You no longer have to be afraid of the dentist with conscious sedation dentistry.
Administration under such an experienced sedation dentist makes this process both safe and effective in getting patients through their visit. Sedation dentistry, unlike general anesthesia, does not leave you completely asleep. Patients still breathe independently and they can still respond to verbal commands.
Oral Sedation Benefits
This technique does not involve a complicated process; most patients do not even remember the visit. The dental procedure may feel like it only lasted a few minutes when in fact it might have been hours. Procedures that are more complex such as smile makeovers normally take multiple visits.
With sedation dentistry they can often be performed in fewer appointments. Any reluctance that you may have to change the appearance of your smile can be solved with the treatment process of sedation dentistry. Routine checkups are made simple and people who are more likely to neglect visiting a dentist because of their fear can rest assured that they can maintain their oral health the ways that are recommended.
Oral Sedation with Dr. Sutton
Dr. Sutton practices safe and effective oral sedation techniques and will constantly monitor your vital signs while performing your procedure. Because you are not unconscious, you will be able to communicate with Dr. Sutton during your visit.
Dr. Sutton has a Fellowship in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, a select group of dentists who are amongst the most qualified and experienced dentists performing this method of dentistry. He has an adult oral conscious sedation permit administered by the State of California which recognizes him as a professional in this type of dentistry. Dr. Sutton and the staff at Sonoma Smiles will help make your visit comfortable by utilizing the most industry-proven oral sedation technologies so that you get the best in safe and effective treatments.
With the safety and effectiveness of sedation, oral care no longer has to be an uncomfortable, frightening or painful experience. If you would like to learn more about the details and benefits of oral sedation, contact our friendly and helpful staff today and schedule a complimentary preliminary appointment.
We understand that for some visiting the dentist may be a big undertaking and we want to help you feel comfortable with the choice to use our services. We will be happy to send you more information through the mail or address your concerns directly over the phone.
Dr. Sutton offers complimentary consultations to discuss your needs and goals. Schedule an appointment now.