Fear of having dental work done is totally normal, and many people avoid going to the dentist because of this. However, failure to visit your dentist on a regular basis could lead to tooth decay, cavities, and even tooth loss. If you’re in Paso Robles, California, and you need dental treatment but have been putting it off, then you’ve come to the right place! Here at Paso Robles Dental Care, we understand that not everyone feels comfortable in the dentist’s chair, and that’s why we offer sedation dental care in Paso Robles. But what is sedation dental care, and what exactly can you expect?

You may want to consider sedation if:

  • You are fearful or anxious of dental treatment and dental instruments
  • Local anesthetics do not have a numbing effect on you
  • You have a sensitive gag reflex
  • You suffer from any health issues, such as neck or back pain, which could lead to discomfort while sitting in a dentist’s chair

* Please remember to have a friend or family member with you on the day of your appointment to drive you home

IV sedation

An IV sedation is commonly used for people that have a sensitive gag reflex, suffer from neck or back pain, or have TMD (or another neuromuscular disorder), and is directly injected into your vein which provides you with deeper sedation. You will still be awake during the procedure, but you won’t feel any pain at all. This type of sedation requires recovery time after you leave the office. This is the most common form of sedation and is used on most patients. IV sedation can give you the confidence you need to get necessary or elective dental procedures without feeling the fear that usually keeps you from doing so.

Oral conscious sedation

Another option for anxious patients is oral conscious sedation. Here, your dentist will give you an oral medication to take (usually the night before) so that you arrive at the dentist’s office calm and relaxed. If needed, nitrous oxide will be given to further relax you during the appointment, and an experienced sedation dentistry team will monitor your vital signs during the procedure. This form of sedation is great for those with high anxiety levels, as the oral medication will help calm nerves while the nitrous oxide will take any pain away, and still allow you to get the dental treatment you need.

Please note, you will need a family member or friend to drive you to and from the dentist.


Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas and is a mild sedative that encourages a stress-free experience. Using a nose mask, patients inhale the nitrous oxide and will quickly feel the calming effects. To ensure your health and safety, the dentist can monitor the amount of nitrous oxide you get. While you are relaxed, your dentist can perform the procedure, all while keeping an eye on the amount of nitrous you’re receiving. Nitrous oxide is healthy for patients of all ages, and once you leave the dental clinic, its effects quickly subside so that you can enjoy activities as normal.

Call Paso Robles Dental Care, California today to talk about the right sedation dental care for you.