Taking advantage of our safe and comfortable sedation dentistry options can help you feel at ease during any dental procedure. If you are struggling with dental anxiety or fear, visit our trusted licensed sedation dentist in Rohnert Park, Dr. Sutton, for a gentle, pain-free visit.

Sedation is typically advised for scenarios involving:

  • Previous bad experiences in the dentist’s office
  • Mild anxiety to severe dental phobia
  • Multiple treatment needs or full-mouth restoration
  • Someone looking to enjoy the gentlest experience possible
  • Dental extractions or root canal therapy
  • Oral surgery
  • Dental implant placement
Sonoma Smiles Sedation

Dental Sedation Options Available

Various levels of sedation dentistry allow you to choose the one most appropriate for your situation. Some are lighter, while others provide the deepest relaxation available. Depending on the type of treatment you need and what your goals are, you can select from sedation options like:

Mild Nitrous Oxide (Inhalation Sedation)

“Laughing gas” is a light analgesic that provides mild to moderate relaxation. You might compare the feeling to having a couple of glasses of wine. Although you’re fully alert, you simply don’t care as much about what’s going on. Nitrous oxide is excellent for everyday dental procedures or mild anxiety. You can even request it during your routine six-month dental cleaning. As an added benefit, there are no lingering side effects; you can drive yourself home afterward.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation provides deep relaxation without feeling like you’re completely asleep. Instead, you’ll feel daydreamy or like you’re taking a light nap. This mid-range dental sedation is excellent for people who require moderate dental care or who suffer from severe anxiety/dental phobia.

General Anesthesia

The deepest level of sedation available in our Rohnert Park dental office is available with our board-certified dental anesthesiologist. With general anesthesia, you can feel as if you’re sleeping straight through procedures like full-mouth dental implants or wisdom tooth extractions.

Non-Sedation NuCalm Relaxation

NuCalm is a needle-free, medication-free sedation alternative that uses neurostimulation to provide similar results as dental sedation. The way it works is by altering stimuli such as light and noise—along with numbing cream used inside of the mouth— to make it feel as if you’re in a deeper sedated or trance-like state.

NuCalm is excellent for our patients who are extremely fearful of the dentist’s office or who suffer from dental phobia. Because it does not use any drugs or injections, NuCalm is a safe and gentle way to assist our most nervous patients that require dental care.

Why Choose Sonoma Smiles?

Dr. Sutton has been recognized with a Fellowship status by the Dental Organizations for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). DOCS provides some of the highest levels of training and credentialing of sedation dentistry providers in the country.

As one of the most experienced dentists in Sonoma County who uses multi-level sedation practices, Dr. Sutton offers care to hundreds of people per year who might not otherwise feel comfortable accessing oral health services.

Sedation Dentist In Rohnert Park

Sonoma Smiles provides a variety of dental sedation options to fit your unique needs. Contact us today to learn more about our gentle care experience.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Are you or your loved one apprehensive of dental appointments in Rohnert Park, California, because of dental fear or anxiety? You may have heard about sedation dentistry but aren’t sure how it works or how it can make a difference in your dental care. Sonoma Smiles answers commonly asked questions about sedation dental care to help you make an informed decision.

Who needs sedation dental care?

Dental sedation is suitable for anyone who feels nervous or edgy about a dental visit. So, if you have been avoiding dental visits because of dental fear or anxiety, it’s time to visit a sedation dentist.

Although sedation dentistry suits those who can’t stay calm in a dental chair, it’s also helpful in other cases. If you have a strong gag reflex or over-sensitive teeth, consider sedation dentistry for a positive dental experience. Similarly, if undergoing a complex dental treatment or have a low pain tolerance, sedation dentistry can help.

What sedation options are available?

Sedation dentistry comes in various sizes and shapes to accommodate different needs. These are the common types of sedation dental care:

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): This sedation is administered by inhaling nitrous oxide through a mask placed over your nose or mouth. Once you inhale the gas, the sedation effects kick in immediately, resulting in a calm, relaxed feeling. Laughing gas is suitable for mild dental anxiety and leaves the body immediately after the mask is removed.
  • Oral conscious sedation: Here, the dentist lets you overcome dental anxiety with a simple pill taken about an hour before your treatment. By the time the dentist starts treatment, you’ll be sedated from head to toe. Pill-based sedation makes you deeply relaxed, and many patients don’t remember much about their treatment.
  • IV sedation: This sedation type suits patients with severe dental fear. The sedation is administered through an IV line in your hand or arm. Since the sedation goes straight to the bloodstream, it’s fast-acting and effective.
  • General anesthesia: General anesthesia may be necessary for complex and lengthy dental procedures such as full mouth reconstruction. It provides the deepest level of sedation, inducing a state of controlled unconsciousness for the duration of your treatment. For your safety and comfort, we have partnered with Bay Area Anesthesia Group—specialists in dental anesthesiology—to offer advanced office-based anesthesia and sedation services. When general anesthesia is necessary, you have nothing to worry about. The Board-certified dental anesthesiologists observe all the anesthesia protocols for a safe and effective outcome.

Will I feel pain during the procedure?

Sedation dentistry overcomes your fear with complete relaxation and calmness. You won’t feel pain or anxiety during the treatment, allowing the dentist to work on you without issues. You’ll also feel comfortable after the procedure because you’ll remember little about your treatment.

Will I be put to sleep?

Although sedation dentistry is also known as “sleep dentistry,” it doesn’t make you unconscious or go to sleep. You’ll be awake and able to respond but feel calm, relaxed, and totally at ease. While the sedation effects of options like pill-based sedation may make you feel sleepy, a slight nudge is enough to awaken you.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry calms the nerves of dental-phobic procedures to undergo the necessary treatment. Without sedation dental care, these patients avoid dental appointments, compounding their dental problems.

Besides improved oral health, the other benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • A positive dental experience
  • Faster treatment
  • Better patient-doctor relationship
  • You won’t experience pain

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is FDA-approved and is generally safe when administered by a trained dentist. However, even if sedation dentistry involves minimal risk, we’ll still review your medical history and monitor your vital signs closely during treatment.

Additionally, there aren’t significant side effects after treatment. Many patients complain of mild headaches, tingling, and nausea, but none of the side effects are severe or last long.

Will the dentist still use anesthesia?

Yes! If your procedure requires anesthesia, we’ll still administer it for enhanced comfort. It’s essential to remember sedation isn’t a substitute for anesthetics. Our office will follow the strict sedation protocols for an effective and safe outcome.

Understanding sedation dentistry will help you make the most out of your treatment. If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry, please call (707) 868-0666 to talk to Dr. Wayne Sutton and the team.

Dr. Sutton is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Sonoma County

About Dr. Wayne Sutton

A renowned cosmetic dentist in Sonoma County, Dr. Sutton has over 20 years of experience and maintains a standard of excellence at his implant center using the strongest dental implant bridge currently available to provide predictable full mouth dental implant reconstructions.

Dr. Sutton received his postgraduate at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco and his doctorate and three years of experience as a clinical instructor from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1997, where he was the only one to receive the “Clinical Excellence Award”. He also studied Advanced Occlusion at the Hornbrook Group and earned his Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics.

Today, Dr. Sutton takes over 4 times the annual continuing education requirements to maintain his license. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (awarded his Fellowship), the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowships status), the American Dental Implant Association (Diplomat status), the American Dental Association, the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, and is a select cosmetic dentist recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe – Mrs. USA Pageants.