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Sedation dentistry consists of a specialized field of dentistry that is designed to focus entirely on an individual’s comforts and needs during an oral health care procedure. Through the use of various sedatives, and individual can be calmed, relaxed or even put into a state of deep sleep. Common forms of sedation dentistry are as follows:

– Gas Sedation: Gas sedation is a sedative in which an individual is given a relaxant through the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen to calm and relax a patient. Oftentimes, gas sedation is very mild and wears off rather quickly.

– Pill Sedation: Pill sedation is a strong form of sedative that can be adjusted accordingly to the dosage that is needed. It can put an individual from a mild relaxing state up to a deep sleep. Pill sedation must be given and ingested up to an hour before any oral health care procedures should be given.

– Intravenous Sedation: Intravenous sedation is fast acting and goes to work almost immediately. When a sedative is directly injected into your bloodstream, dosages can be adjusted for the level of sedation you need.

– General Anesthesia: General anesthesia, also known as deep sedation, occurs when anesthesia is applied so that advanced oral health care procedures can be given. When under the effects of anesthesia, an individual can remain unconscious until the sedative wears off.

If you would like to stop by Barry Kinney for an appointment, please call our office in San Francisco, California, at 415-647-7077. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Barry Kinney and our team look forward to helping you achieve the discomfort-free treatments you desire.