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Sedation and Comfort Dentistry In La Jolla |

John J. Taddey, DDS | Tracy Taddey, DDS


Making a patient comfortable begins with a friendly warm greeting and an environment that allays fear. We have a wide array of techniques, medicines and devices that we customize to the particular patient situation.

  There are medications that are useful, depending on the amount of anxiety. We offer Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen which is also called Laughing Gas. We can also utilize oral Valium to create a relaxed state. 

Fun devices can distract the patients attention. We offer Ipod headphones for music, or if you wish to view movies, TV, or concerts we offer MY Vue panoramic HD viewing glasses.

We have an experienced caring staff, a peaceful dental environment and confident doctors that all focus on making your visit non threatening.

SPECIAL FOR PET LOVERS, our therapy dog MONA LISA will help you relax during treatment by sitting on your lap and comforting you. Check out her page for more information.


 MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOLLOWS:

Conscious Sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command and that is produced by pharmacological or nonpharmacologic method or combination thereof.

Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation Dentistry, refers to the way dentist's  manage Pain and Anxiety during dental appointments.

Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond,  patients under Conscious Sedation, are able to respond to commands and breath on their own. 

 

Sedation Dentistry

Oral Sedation

 This Oral Medication used for Oral Conscious Sedation in dentistry are from a group of drugs known as Benzodiazapines. Not only do these medications have a sedative effect they also have some degree of  amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.

Advantages to Dental Oral Sedation:

  • Easy to administer: Swallow a small pill 
  • It is safe and easy to monitor
  • Works well for most people
  • Low Cost
Disadvantages of Dental Oral Sedation:
  • The level of Sedation is not easily changed
  • Someone must drive you to and from your dental appointment
  • There is no analgesic (pain relief effect)
What medications are used for Dental Oral Sedation?
  •  Valium in very low doses is effective and safe


  • Halcion provides a deep level of relaxation and amnesia effect. 
  • For children the most common medication is Versed (Medazolan) which is a liquid.

 

Halcion and Versed are reserved  for the severely anxious patients and they are best treated by specialists in a full anesthesia setting.

Sedation Dentistry

Inhalation Conscious Sedation

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen ("laughing gas") has been used as the most frequent and primary means of Sedation used in Dentistry for many years. 35% of all US dentists offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation to their patients. 

Advantages or Dental Inhalation Sedation:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Rapid Onset
  • Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
  • Absolute Control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment. 
  • People recover quickly
  • Very few side effects
  • There is an analgesic effect
  • You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
  • You can return to normal activities immediately
Disadvantages of Dental Inhalation Sedation:
  • Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation
  • Not indicated for people who have respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
  • Claustrophobic patients do not like anything covering their nose
What medications are used for Dental Inhalation Sedation?
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
  • Oxygen (O2) 
The safety features of the machine insure a patient receives no less than 30% Oxygen mixed with Nitrous Oxide. Usually the patient receives 50 to 70% Oxygen.

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact La Jolla dentist, Dr. Tracy or Dr. John Taddey, with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our La Jolla Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or use the quick contact form below.
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