Sedation Dentistry

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Your Trusted Sedation Dentist In Kite Hill Laguna Niguel California

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Do you or your loved ones suffer from dental anxiety or fear? Sedation dentistry can help alleviate feelings of fear and stress. At Serenity Dental O.C., we offer the range of sedation options that you and your family need to enjoy a positive experience every time you visit.

We are proud to serve the residents of Laguna Niguel and the surrounding areas. You can trust that we will treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve, regardless of the current state of your oral health.

A visit to the dentist doesn’t have to feel like a stressful ordeal. Sedation dentistry helps you enjoy a calm and relaxing time in our office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


What Is Sedation Dental Care?

Sedation dental care provides relief for those who suffer from dental anxiety or fear through a variety of sedation options. Our compassionate team works with many patients who experience high levels of anxiety, and we provide the necessary services to help you feel relaxed and safe. We combine sedation dentistry with years of experience and a gentle chairside manner to offer the quality dental care you deserve.

What Types of Sedation Are Available?

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Our gentle team understands that anxiety affects many people, regardless of age. That is why we provide sedation options for teens and adults. Whether you have a complex treatment that you're nervous about or you struggle to relax during your regular dental appointments, we provide options to maximize your comfort.

We provide nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to help you enjoy a calm and peaceful visit. This is a great option if your dental anxiety is mild or moderate.

For those who experience moderate levels of anxiety or have a complex treatment scheduled, we offer an effective blend of nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help you feel relaxed. You may even fall asleep during your appointment. Due to the strength of this option, it will be necessary for a friend or family member to drive you home.

We also offer twilight sedation, which yields the same results as IV sedation, but without the use of needles. This will also require a friend or family member to drive you home after the appointment.


When Is Sedation Recommended?

Sedation is helpful for many people and is used for a variety of reasons. We may suggest using nitrous oxide to feel calm during your biannual dental appointment or using an oral sedative or twilight sedation for procedures such as extraction or root canal therapy. Here are some of the reasons our patients choose a sedation option:

  • Complex dental treatment
  • High anxiety or dental fears
  • Bad gag reflexes
  • Small mouth
  • Inability to keep your mouth open for long periods of time

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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Our team enjoys educating others on oral health and dental services, which is why we encourage you to share your questions and concerns. We are happy to provide the answers and information you need to make an informed decision about the sedation option that is right for you. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about sedation dentistry.


Who is eligible for sedation dentistry?
We offer sedation to teens and adults. Some sedation options, like nitrous oxide, are safe for most people to use, while other options, like twilight sedation, are only available to those who qualify.

What kind of sedation is right for me?
The sedation option that is right for you depends on your level of anxiety, the procedure you will undergo, and your medical history. Our team takes the time to review your needs and medical history, including any allergies, and provide the information you need to make an educated decision.

What are the side effects?
The side effects will depend on the type of sedation you choose. The most common form of sedation is nitrous oxide, which has little to no side effects and wears off within minutes of removing the mask. Other sedation options like oral sedation and twilight sedation have stronger side effects, such as grogginess, and may impair your motor and cognitive functions for a few hours after your procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after a procedure involving oral sedation or twilight sedation.

Will I sleep through the procedure with sedation?
This is determined by the form of sedation you select. Most patients do not fall asleep when they receive nitrous oxide. Conversely, the majority of patients do sleep through a procedure where they receive twilight sedation.

Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes. Our team has the training needed to administer the various forms of sedation we offer. We carefully review your medical history and discuss your options with you.

Our Sedation Dentist

You should be able to visit the dentist and have a good experience. At Serenity Dental O.C., we offer sedation dentistry to alleviate your anxiety and maximize your comfort. From the moment you walk into our dental office, you will notice that our team does everything possible to give you a positive and relaxing experience. You'll be able to receive the dental care you need from a team you trust in a place where you feel safe and where your needs are put first. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.



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