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Sedation Dentistry

Whether you suffer from dental anxiety or simply want to minimize discomfort during your treatment, McCullough Dental offers sedation dentistry to keep you calm and relaxed throughout your entire dental experience.

Your Sedation Dentist in Bakersfield

In our office, patients are family. That’s why we prioritize comfort by providing our patients with the option of conscious sedation dentistry. Conscious sedation is an excellent fit for many of our patients who feel apprehensive about dental visits.

From severe dental anxiety to nervousness about a particular procedure, our sedation dentistry can help you relax during any treatment, making the experience comfortable and painless.

Many people skip out on cosmetic or even emergency dental treatments because of dental anxiety or pain intolerance. Letting these issues persist can cause intense physical pain, leave you feeling embarrassed about your smile, and limit talking, laughing, or eating in public. With our sedation options, you can relieve pain and get the smile of your dreams.

If you are putting off necessary dental work because of dental anxiety, contact our office about sedation dentistry. Our sedation options will allow you to get the treatment you need to maintain your oral health. Delaying dental treatment for too long can cause more severe dental issues, requiring more intense dental intervention. Give your smile the care it deserves with sedation dentistry at McCullough Dental.

Work Through Dental Anxiety

We understand—going to the dentist isn’t the most comfortable or exciting experience. In fact, dental visits can be very difficult for patients of all ages. If you feel any amount of stress or anxiety about coming to the dentist—even for basic cleanings—you’re not alone. Many Americans experience some level of dental anxiety.

And although it can be frightening, dental anxiety does not have to stop you from getting the dental care you need. To help ease these intense feelings, McCullough Dental provides conscious sedation options.

What is Conscious Sedation?

Conscious sedation dentistry is just what it sounds like; you remain awake for your dental procedure while being provided sedatives and anesthesia that will make the procedure painless and stress-free.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

In addition to providing patients with relaxing, stress-free dental checkups, sedation dentistry also allows patients to receive any in-depth dental treatment they need, whether restorative or cosmetic. These treatments not only improve your smile’s appearance but also your oral health and overall well-being. Some other benefits specific to sedation dentistry are:

  • Relief from Dental Anxiety: Sedation dentistry can allow you to receive the dental treatment that you want or need while easing your anxiety. As you continue to request sedation dentistry, you may even overcome your dental anxiety thanks to the calming effects that sedation options provide.
  • Pain-Free Treatment: Gone are the days of painful, frightening dental treatments and checkups. With the help of sedation dentistry, you can receive pain-free treatments and feel relaxed during every step.
  • Comfortable Care: Sedation dentistry options help desensitize your gag reflex, making the treatment less stressful, more comfortable, and more efficient.

If you struggle with dental anxiety or pain intolerance, sedation dentistry from McCullough Dental can help. Call our dental team today and schedule your appointment!

Types of Conscious Sedation

Depending on your needs and preferences, conscious sedation can be administered in two different ways. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the most important thing to consider is which method is most effective for treating your dental anxiety.

  • Laughing Gas: The most common oral sedation option is laughing gas. This is a safe method of sedation that has been in use for decades. The effects of laughing gas wear off quickly after the dental procedure is finished, allowing you to safely drive yourself to and from the appointment.
  • Oral Conscious: For more severe dental anxiety, Dr. McCullough may recommend an oral sedative. This pill can be taken prior to your appointment to help ease anxiety before arriving at the office. Because this method of sedation can cause drowsiness, you will need a ride to and from your appointment for safety.

If you experience intense feelings of panic or anxiety at the dentist, oral conscious sedation may be the option for you. For less severe cases, laughing gas is usually sufficient. Consult with Dr. McCullough about which sedation option best suits your needs.

Conscious sedation can also be administered during more intensive procedures even if you don’t suffer from dental anxiety. If this option interests you, ask about it when you come in for your consultation prior to your procedure.

Conscious Sedation with McCullough Dental

At McCullough Dental, your comfort is our top priority. Our conscious sedation options can make your appointment both relaxing and comfortable. By easing your dental anxiety, we can more efficiently provide you with the dental care you need, thereby improving your oral health.

We make sure that every treatment plan—including sedation—is specific to your needs and goals. If you are not sure which sedation option would best fit your needs and provide you with the most relief, consult with Dr. McCullough. He will help you pick the option that is right for you and will give you optimal results.

No matter how worried you might find yourself beforehand, our sedation options will allow you to relax during your procedure. Our friendly McCullough Dental team understands how distressing dental procedures can be, so allow us to help ease your pain and anxiety through conscious sedation.

Patient Reviews

Want to find out more about our office before your appointment? See what other patients have said about their care.

Best treatment in my 60+ yrs of dental history. My one-visit crown on a front tooth was amazing! Dr McCullough is a master of his craft and everyone in the office is wonderful.
– Sharon A.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

If you are not familiar with or want to know more about sedation dentistry, you can always call our dental team and ask additional questions. In the meantime, here are some of the most common questions we receive regarding sedation dentistry.

How do I know which option is right for me?

Depending on your treatment type, anxiety level, and dental goals, we will work with you to determine the optimal sedation option. Before your procedure, our dentist will discuss your dental history and give you more information about each option to help you find the perfect fit.

Is dental sedation safe for children?

Certain types of dental sedation are safe for children. Because of its easy administration and temporary effects, we recommend laughing gas for children who need sedation dentistry. Once the mask comes off, a child can quickly return to their normal condition. This allows children to get back to school, sports, or spending time with the family.

How will I feel during my conscious sedation procedure?

Most clients feel relaxed, peaceful, and slightly drowsy. Depending on the dosage of sedation, you might be able to fall asleep right there in the chair. Most importantly, you won’t feel any pain during your treatment. Sedation dentistry is a great way to overcome dental anxiety and receive the care you need.

Let Us Soothe Your Anxiety at McCullough Dental

Dental visits don’t have to be stressful or uncomfortable. With the help of sedation dentistry from McCullough Dental, you can rest assured that you will have a calm and relaxing experience.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or ask any questions about our conscious sedation dentistry, contact our Bakersfield office today! We help patients from all over the area, including Tehachapi and Delano.

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