Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a technique that is used at our La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe offices to reduce nervousness, anxiety, or fear that patients may have about undergoing dental treatment so that they can receive the care that they need. Dr. Weston Spencer offers several types of dental sedation to meet the unique needs of a diverse range of patients. Some patients simply wish to feel more relaxed but remain conscious and able to respond to stimuli, while others want to be completely unconscious throughout their procedure. As with all of the services available at our San Diego practice, sedation dentistry can be customized to the individual needs of each patient.

Are you a good candidate for sedation dentistry? To find out for certain, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Weston Spencer today.

What types of sedation dentistry are available?

Varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as outlined below:

Minimal Sedation: Patients respond normally to verbal commands.  Although cognitive function and coordination may be impaired, breathing in unaffected.

Moderate Sedation: Patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or by light stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain breathing.  This is also referred to as “Conscious Sedation.”

Deep Sedation: Patients cannot be easily aroused but respond to painful stimulation.  The ability to breath may be impaired.  Patients may require stimulation. Patients may require assistance in maintaining a patent airway.

General Anesthesia: Patients cannot be aroused, even by painful stimulation.  The ability to independently breath is often impaired.  Patients often require assistance in maintaining a patent airway.

Sedation dentistry can be useful not only in relaxing patients with dental anxiety, but also in allowing Dr. Spencer to perform multiple complex treatments during one or two visits. Patients often use dental sedation while receiving such treatments as dental implants, root canal therapy, and dental extractions.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

If you are fearful or have anxiety about your dental treatment, we invite you to learn more about sedation dentistry at our La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe offices. Please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice in San Diego today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Weston Spencer.