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Sedation Dentistry in San Francisco, CA

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Skoulas DDS provides sedation dentistry services in San Francisco, CA. For more information about sedation or to make an appointment, please call our office at 415-757-0110.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of safe medications to help patients feel relaxed during procedures. Many patients experience extreme anxiety before and during dental appointments, and sedation dentistry helps them feel comfortable moving forward with care.

Sedation Options We Offer

Oral Sedation.  Oral sedation involves taking medication before your appointment. Anti-anxiety medication allows the patient to remain conscious and aware but very relaxed.

IV Sedation.  IV sedation can be a viable option for highly involved procedures or very anxious patients. Patients under IV sedation may be asleep or be lightly aware of their surroundings. They may not remember the appointment afterward.

Are You A Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Most dental patients with anxiety can receive sedation. Always review your medical history with your dentist before any sedation procedures take place, and check with your primary care doctor if you have any of the following health conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic bronchitis or respiratory disease
  • Heart disease
  • Advanced age
  • Allergy to benzodiazepines
  • Sleep apnea
  • Interaction with certain over-the-counter or prescription medications

Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

Helps Patients Relax

Patients who feel nervous about the dentist can relax with sedation. There are multiple options when it comes to sedation dentistry. Patients can be conscious or fully asleep. Dr. Skouals will review options with you depending on your level of anxiety.

Dentists Can Perform More Work in One Appointment

When patients receive sedation, they can sit for longer appointments. The dentist can work efficiently and more can be completed in one setting.

Reduces Gag Reflex

Patients with a strong gag reflex often have trouble at the dentist's office. If sedated, they will be less likely to experience this reflex.

Allows Anxious Patients to Stay Current With Care

Many patients with dental anxiety put off procedures. If they know they can receive safe and effective sedation, they will be more likely to keep their appointments and maintain their oral health.

Why Choose Skoulas DDS?

Our highly skilled dentist, Dr. Antigone Skoulas, is an expert in cosmetic dentistry. We provide all patients with compassionate care and maintain a friendly, warm office environment in an elegant setting.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe when used under supervision. Dentists receive special training before they offer sedation in their offices. Be sure that you discuss your medications and medical history with your dentist before your procedure.
Can I drive after sedation dentistry?
You must not drive on your appointment day with oral and IV sedation. You will need a responsible adult to drive you and accompany you to the appointment.
How long does it take to recover from sedation dentistry?
If you have oral sedation, you should be fine the next day. If you have IV sedation, it may take one or two days to feel entirely back to normal.

Call Skoulas DDS

If you feel anxious about dental work, don't let it stop you from receiving quality care. Call our office at 415-757-0110 to ask about our sedation options and make an appointment.

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450 Sutter Street, Suite #1616
San Francisco, CA 94108

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