Greater Patient Comfort with Dental Sedation

Anxiety, apprehension, and fear are common among many patients when it comes to their dental and periodontal treatment. While its causes and effects vary from patient to patient, dental fear can often be alleviated with an appropriate method of dental sedation. Designed to deliver a potent, relaxed, slightly-euphoric feeling while allowing you to remain conscious, Dr. Kania offers a variety of sedation methods that can be tailored to your unique needs.

Dental Sedation Methods

Inhaled Sedation (Nitrous Oxide)

Nitrous oxide, a mild sedative in gaseous form, is inhaled through a mask that fits comfortably over your nose. As you inhale, you immediately exhale the nitrous oxide through your mouth, and the level of sedation can be adjusted throughout your treatment according to your needs.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is typically taken in pill or liquid form before your procedure, and offers a more powerful effect than nitrous oxide. Nevertheless, you will still remain conscious and responsive while sedated, and for more potent results, Dr. Kania may suggest taking an oral sedative the night before your appointment, as well.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is usually reserved for patients with severe dental fear or anxiety, or for extensive procedures that may require surgery, such as dental implant placement. The administration of the sedative, your responsiveness, and your vital signs will all be monitored by Dr. Kania and a team of trained medical staff to ensure a safe, comfortable procedure.

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As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.