Once you’ve experienced sedation dentistry with Dr. Anne Nicholas, our gentle dentist, you’ll never be afraid to go to the dentist again.You’ll be sedated so that you will have no memory of the time spent in the dental office, as if you were snoozing. You won’t even remember how you got home. You’ll wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished during your dental treatment.

Because you’re completely relaxed and comfortable, we can do all the dental treatment that is needed in one or two visits. We can replace crowns, dentures, or bridges, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, and even place dental implants and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need comfortably and in a short period of time.

Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. No wonder so many patients say, “Sedation dentistry changed my life.”

How does sedation dentistry work?

Conscious sedation is a safe, drug-induced state in which you are conscious and pleasantly relaxed, yet free of fear, anxiety, and apprehension. It is different than general anesthesia and does not carry the inherent risks associated with general anesthesia.

You are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion will drive you to the office. By the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy. When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted by our assistant into the comfort room, covered with a warm blanket, and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, Dr. Anne Nicholas and her experienced clinical team will take care of all your dental needs.

When your treatment is completed, we will call your companion to pick you up and take you home, and we recommend that somebody will be with you for the rest of the day to make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed and to assist in all your needs.

Tell me more about sedation dentistry…

IT REALLY WORKS! You can really snooze through your whole dental treatment. It is safe! You take a small pill one hour prior to your dental appointment – no needles or intravenous tubes.

You will have no memory of the experience. You won’t remember any sounds or smells. You can snooze for a long time after taking the pill. The time you are snoozing will vary depending on the extent and length of your dental appointment.

Complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments can be done in one or two appointments, all while you are sleeping. People who have difficulty getting numb will find that being sedated eliminates all the anxiety associated with it.

Sedation dentistry in Palm Desert, California is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

Commonly Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry

Q: Will I feel any pain?
A: No, you will feel no pain whatsoever.

Q: Will I be unconscious?
A: No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, free of fear, anxiety, and apprehension, but you will be responsive.

Q: Will I be monitored?
A: Yes, your vital signs will be monitored during the entire procedure with a blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, and if needed, an EKG monitor. A staff member will be with you at all times so that you are never alone.

Q: How long will I be snoozing?
A: During the entire length of the procedure.

Q: Will someone need to accompany me?
A: Yes, due to the sedation effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again. We recommend you have somebody with you the rest of the day.

Q: Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
A: People who have difficulty getting numb, who feel anxious about going to the dentist, and who need multiple dental treatments are all great candidates for sedation dentistry. If you are interested in sedation dentistry, do not hesitate to ask our friendly dental team.