Sedation Dentistry in Bishop, CA

woman getting nitrous oxide sedation at dental clinic

Whether learned from past, negative dental visits, or inherited from parents and other family members, dental fear can prevent you from achieving optimal oral health and enjoying a beautiful smile.

At the dental practice of Brian L. Carkeet, DDS, alleviating your worries while maximizing your comfort during visits is our top priority. The safe sedation dental options available at our office are tailored to meet the unique needs of every patient we see, for both short and more-complex procedures.

If you avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety, we can help rebuild trust and understanding with the help of our sedation techniques, advanced technology, and compassionate care. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


What is Sedation Dentistry Exactly?

The goal of dental sedation is to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience while undergoing dental care procedures. Often used for patients with severe phobias, sedation dentistry allows individuals who are afraid to receive the dental care they need.

Sedation can be administered in the form of a pill before your appointment, a needle, or breathing through a mask during the procedure. This medication lets you feel completely calm and relaxed during your entire procedure.

What Options Do I Have for Sedation?

Sedation dentistry techniques can be adjusted to fit your needs and are offered in three primary forms:

  1. Nitrous Oxide
  2. Oral Sedation
  3. IV Sedation

How Does Dental Sedation Work?

While sedation dentistry is commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry,” dental sedation does not actually make you fall asleep. Usually, oral conscious sedation makes you feel groggy and very relaxed, but throughout the procedure, you can remain conscious. You can respond to verbal questions and have total control of your body.

Nitrous Oxide – Otherwise known as "laughing gas," is delivered through a mask over your nose and combined with oxygen to help you relax. We control the amount of sedation you receive throughout your procedure and can adjust it at any time. After your visit, the gas tends to wear off quickly, and you can even drive yourself home after treatment.

Oral Conscious Sedation - The capsule is taken one hour before your procedure. Even though you're still awake, you will feel a bit drowsy. It is a non-narcotic analgesic, and the sedation level can be varied from minimal to moderate and. You may relax enough to fall asleep, and you probably won’t even remember much about the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home from your appointment.

Deep sedation can be done with an oral pill or through an IV. With deep sedation, you will be semi-unconscious or fully unconscious, and it takes a little longer for the effects to wear off. If the medication is delivered through an IV, there is more control over the dosage, and it can be adjusted continuously. Deep sedation will require that you bring someone with you to drive you home after your procedure and you will probably feel like napping for the rest of the day.

How Will I Know If Sedation is Right for Me?

Prior to any procedure, our dentist listens to your questions and concerns, ensuring you gain a complete understanding of your care as well as establishing a strong foundation of trust.

Dr. Carkeet will review your full medical history before adding sedation to your treatment plan. Dental relaxation can be beneficial if:

  • You have mild to extreme fear of visiting the dentist
  • Have had negative or traumatic past dental experiences
  • Injected anesthetics are not fully effective
  • You have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Your teeth and gums are extra sensitive
  • You need complex treatments

Dental Sedation Works Well for Those Who:

  • Fear shots and needles
  • Hate the noises, smells and tastes related to the dental office
  • Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • Have an extremely low pain tolerance
  • Are under a certain age or have difficulty cooperating due to fear or anxiety

More About Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, was first used in dentistry in 1844 but found a solid place in the dental profession in the 1960s. Since then, relaxation options have evolved in many ways, providing you with maximized comfort and additional peace of mind, regardless of the extent of your needs for treatment.

Dental sedation is safe and effective. Our trained staff administers sedation while continually monitoring your vitals. In general, sedation dentistry is also a safe option for children or those who are prone to intense dental fear or unwillingness to sit still during procedures.

Sedation Dentistry FAQ

  1. Will I Feel Any Pain? Most patients do not feel any discomfort during their treatment and afterward feel surprisingly content.
  2. Just How Relaxed Will I be? You will receive just as much sedation as you need, often feeling so relaxed it could put you to sleep. This helps keep you completely unaware of what went on during your procedure.
  3. Will I Remember Anything? At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of your procedure.
  4. Are There Any Noticeable Side Effects? Nitrous oxide can make you feel a little giggly, yet the effects are soothing. Oral conscious sedation helps you forget your procedure. Other temporary side effects may include dry mouth, headaches, and slight nausea.
  5. Is Sedation Covered by Dental Insurance? In some cases, your dental insurance will cover sedation for extractions or major procedures. Depending on the insurance company and plan, reimbursement varies.

Find Our if Sedation is a Good Choice for You

Dr. Brian L. Carkeet and his team, understand dental care as a whole can be intimidating. If you have any questions or concerns about our dental sedation options, please feel free to contact our Bishop team. We can help you understand the potential risks and give you advice on the best kind of treatment for your situation.