Sedation Makes Both Possible
A bad dental experience in the past. An aversion to sharp instruments. A fear of the unknown. There are many reasons that some people may prefer to avoid dental visits. While this is understandable, it is also concerning, because minor dental problems can develop into significant ones if they are not identified and treated. At Central Valley Periodontics & Implants we are sensitive to your concerns about dental visits. Let us assure you that we do everything possible to keep you physically and emotionally comfortable. Count on us to provide effective, reliable sedation dentistry in Modesto, CA.
Dr. Clarke Filippi is a board-certified periodontist with the advanced, specialized training to treat a variety of periodontal conditions with exceptional, predictable results. No matter what type of treatment you need, he seeks to make it comfortable and stress-free for you. We offer multiple sedation options for your comfort, all of which we can provide in-house or prescribe for you to take. Dr. Filippi is licensed by the state of California to administer IV sedation, making the expense and scheduling of an outside anesthesiologist unnecessary.
Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry
Our Sedation Options
Sometimes called “conscious sedation,” IV sedation is a form of moderate sedation that Dr. Filippi introduces via an IV line. IV sedation puts you in a relaxed state quickly and reliably. You will be conscious while under its effects, and can interact with your dental team, but you will not feel anything during your treatment. You are also not likely to remember any part of it. With its many benefits, IV sedation is the method that Dr. Filippi and many of our patients prefer, when appropriate for the dental anxiety level or procedure, such a dental implant placement. If you are going to have IV sedation, you need an escort to and from your appointment, and you may not eat for six hour prior to treatment.
Oral sedation is similar in effect to IV sedation, though it is not as powerful. You take a pill before coming to our office. While you may experience less sensation during your treatment compared to IV sedation, you may also not recall all of your visit. For both oral sedation and IV sedation you will need to have someone else drive you to and bring you home from your appointment, and you may not eat for six hours prior to treatment.
Nitrous oxide is the professional name of the sedation method many people call “laughing gas.” Delivered through a mask in gas form, nitrous oxide does not usually make you laugh, but it will keep you conscious and calm during your treatment. Safe for children and teens, its anesthetic effects will wear off quickly after the mask is removed.