Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Santa Rosa, CA & San Ramon, CA

If you experience dental anxiety or have a sensitive gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help you relax while receiving treatment. At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, Annabelle Carnice, DDS, MSc, MAGD, and the team offer sedation dentistry to people of all ages. Using safe and effective anesthetics, they can ensure your comfort during each visit. To make an appointment at the office in San Ramon or Santa Rosa, California, call or book online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses FDA-approved anesthetics to help you relax while undergoing teeth cleaning, periodontics, or another oral health procedure. It allows you to receive the care you need while minimizing your anxiety and discomfort.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, the team recommends sedation dentistry to people who:

  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Can’t sit still for extended periods
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Have a bad gag reflex


You might also benefit from sedation dentistry if you need to undergo several procedures in a single appointment.

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

At Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry, the team offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:

Minimal sedation with nitrous oxide

Minimal sedation uses nitrous oxide or laughing gas. You inhale laughing gas through a mask that is over your mouth and nose. The mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen causes you to feel groggy. Minimal sedation wears off quickly, so you can drive home following your appointment.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation uses prescription medication like Halcion to help you relax. About an hour before your appointment, you take the medicine and have a friend or family member drive you to the office. Oral sedation makes you drowsy, but it doesn’t put you to sleep. You might doze off during treatment, but your provider can wake you up with a gentle nudge.

Intravenous sedation

If you have extreme anxiety or a low pain tolerance, the team might recommend intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation administers medication through a needle and into a vein. The medication bypasses your digestive system and causes you to fall asleep. During treatment, your provider can adjust the level of sedation as necessary.

How do I prepare for sedation dentistry?

Before you undergo sedation dentistry, let the team know about any medical problems you’re living with, like a congenital heart defect or kidney disease. These conditions won’t necessarily prevent you from receiving sedation, but they may increase the risk of complications, so it’s important they're stable.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe and typically well-tolerated, but it does present risks. Depending on the type of sedation you receive, the team may move you to a separate room for observation. After an hour or two, you’re allowed to return home with a friend or family member.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, make an appointment at Wine Country Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the nearest office or booking online today.