Sleep Dentistry

Escondido Family Dental Care & Specialty Center - Sleep Dentistry - Escondido, CA

Those who undergo conscious sedation typically do not feel anxiety or pain, and they rarely have any memory of the actual dental procedure. This type of sedation is generally appropriate for all but the most intensive oral surgeries.Conscious Sedation, also known as “Sleep Dentistry” or “Oral Sedation” may be the answer for many patients who feel anxiety or nervousness at the thought of having dental treatment done. Imagine not having to worry about that feeling and getting your treatment done in as little as one visit while you are sedated! Now you can “Sleep” thru your dental appointments in comfort!

Give us a call to learn more about Sedation Dentistry options available at our practice. We want to make your denta

l treatments as pleasant as possible!

You are a Candidate for Conscious Sedation If You:

  • Are anxious or highly fearful about dental treatment
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Hate needles/shots
  • Have very sensitive teeth or gums
  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Hate smells, tastes, and noises associated with dental care
  • Need long or multiple dental appointments/treatments
  • Have complex dental conditions
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences
  • Have put off dental treatment for a long time
  • Are embarrassed about your teeth
  • Have limited time to complete your dental care

How is Conscious Sedation Administered?

You will be given an oral sedative (pill) to be taken one hour before your dental visit that will make you feel very relaxed. You will be completely comfortable and anxiety free during your appointment and you will wake up refreshed with little or no memory of the treatment that was performed.

One of our staff members will be at your side during your entire treatment to ensure your comfort and safety. You will never be left alone. Your vital signs will be monitored throughout your visit.

What Type of Dental Treatment Can Be Accomplished While Sedated?

Because you will be completely comfortable, we can accomplish quite a bit during a single dental appointment. We can do a full mouth reconstruction or a single procedure such as crowns, veneers, fillings, tooth whitening, dentures, extractions, implants, deep cleanings, etc.


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.

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.

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