Sedation Dentistry in Los Algodones, Mexico

At Dental Solutions, we know that going to the dentist can be a traumatic experience for some patients.

Patients who suffer from dental anxiety or severe phobia to the dentist’s office can have such a hard time that they prefer not to have dental treatment, even if it is a simple procedure, such as cleaning. In these cases, sedation dentistry can be the perfect solution for the patients to relax during the consultation and to receive the dental care they need. Let’s know more about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an ideal option for patients who suffer from anxiety, phobia, or panic attacks when going to the dentist.

By using different types of medication, the dentist can make the patient feel more relaxed and calm during dental treatment. Different sedatives can be used depending on the type of treatment to be performed and how anxious the patient feels. Sedation dentistry can be also known as sleep dentistry, but this term can be misinterpreted because the patient will be conscious during treatment.

It is important not to confuse dentistry sedation with general anesthesia, since at the first the patient will be fully conscious during the dental work, but will feel relaxed and calm.

This procedure can be used in almost all dental treatments, and the effect of sedatives wears off after a few hours. General anesthesia is one of the techniques used in sedation dentistry, it makes the patient completely unconscious during the procedure, and is used only in cases of oral surgeries or cases where the patient must be unconscious.

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The sedatives can be administered through an injection (iv sedation), orally, or even inhaled, which represents a great advantage for patients who have a phobia of needles. Sedation dentistry has evolved a lot over the years, and there are increasingly better alternatives for people to feel comfortable and calm during their visit to the dentist.

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Types of sedatives used in Dental Solutions Los Algodones

Before talking about the types of sedatives, you should know that there are different levels of sedation that can be achieved depending on the dental treatment that will be carried out and the needs of each patient.

  • Minimal sedation: The person is fully conscious but calm and relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation: The person is conscious but may not remember the entire procedure.
  • Deep sedation: The person is awake but almost unconscious and may easily fall asleep.
  • General anesthesia: The person is fully unconscious during the entire procedure.
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These are the types of tranquilizers that can be used to achieve these levels of sedation:


Inhaled sedation: It uses Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to obtain minimal sedation. This method is one of the most used in the USA and Canada to relax patients during almost every dental procedure, including cosmetic dentistry procedures. Your doctor will be able to control the amount of tranquilizer to administer according to your particular case. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly.

Oral sedation: When talking about sedation dentistry, it generally refers to oral sedation. Doctors will use a specific dose of some tranquilizer medication to achieve minimal or moderate sedation. About an hour before the treatment you should take a dose of Valium or some similar medication that will make you feel groggy and you may even fall asleep.

Iv sedation: You will receive the sedative through an iv line. It is used to achieve moderate to deep sedation. This method makes it easier for the dentist to control the amount of sedation the patient will need.

General anesthesia: This is used to get deep or total sedation, the drugs are administered through the vein and the patient will be deeply asleep until the effects of the drugs wear off. This type of anesthesia is only used in complex surgeries, and they are usually administered by an anesthesiologist.

Inhaled and oral sedation will be the best options for patients with fear of needles, as it is 100% needle-free.

Dentistry sedation is optional in most cases and is only intended for patients to feel at ease during treatment; the cost of sedation is generally not included in the price of the treatment. Regardless of the decision to use or not tranquilizers, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic in the work area to relieve pain or discomfort in the mouth during treatment.

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Who can use sedatives during a dental procedure?

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Sedation can be the solution for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. This term is used to describe the phobia, stress, or fear that some people feel when visiting the dentist. Dental anxiety is mostly triggered by the tools used during the dentistry procedure, like drills or needles.

The main consequence of this type of phobia is that people choose not to get dental care when needed. Even in cases where the anxiety is manageable and the patient decides to go to the dentist, the experience can be overwhelming and not comfortable at all.

Tranquilizers can also be given to patients with:

  • Bad gag reflex
  • Low pain threshold
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Patients who suffer from general anxiety
  • Special needs patients like those with autism, down syndrome, or epilepsy.
  • Patients who do not suffer from anxiety but must undergo lengthy procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction or implant dentistry treatments.

Some types of tranquilizers can be used in children so that they can stay still in the dentist’s chair and prevent the experience from being traumatic. In these cases, nitrous oxide is used, as it is the safest choice. Only pediatric dentists with experience in sedation dentistry can administer other types of oral sedatives to children.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation is completely safe if performed on qualified patients, by specialists with training in this kind of process or an anesthesiologist. At Dental Solutions Los Algodones, Baja California, we are part of the American Dental Association and our team of dentists is and qualified to administer any type of sedatives and tranquilizers; we also have all the equipment needed for in-office patient monitoring.

Patients who suffer from obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, cardiac problems, or special needs such as the mentioned before are at higher risk of suffering complications from anesthesia; that is why you should only trust dentists who are trained in sedation dentistry techniques.

To find out if you are a candidate for any of the types of sedation, your dentist will go over your medical history to determine what type of tranquilizers you can receive to ensure that you will be relaxed and safe during the dental treatment. It would be very helpful if you bring to the appointment a list of all the medication you take, and, of course, talk to your doctor about what you expect from the sedation process. This way you both would be able to choose the right tranquilizer so you have a good and relaxed experience during your visit.

Get quality dental care at our dental clinic in Los Algodones, Mexico

At Dental Solutions Los Algodones, our team of dentists awaits to offer you first-class dental work in cosmetic and restorative dentistry so you can enjoy good oral health and have the beautiful smile you have always wanted.

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We want you to be calm during your dental treatment, that is why we offer you different sedation options so you have a good experience. In the first consultation, you can agree with your dentist the type of tranquilizer to use, so you can know if the day of the surgery or procedure you will need someone who drives you home, if you can go alone to your appointment or if it will be convenient for you to stay one night in town.

Contact us to learn more about the dental treatment you need and about our clinic in Los Algodones, Baja California. We will be happy to welcome you and offer you the high standards in dentistry that you need.

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