Leave Your Anxiety at the Door: How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve Your Visit to the Dentist

Leave Your Anxiety at the Door: How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve Your Visit to the Dentist


Let’s say you have a dental appointment on the calendar. As the date of your appointment approaches, what do you envision? Do you see yourself lying back in the dentist’s chair, your body tense with anxiety and your hands gripping the arms of the chair in fear?

If so, you’re not alone.  In fact, an estimated 100 million Americans avoid visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s an unfortunate number of people who are missing a vital component of their oral health maintenance. Good oral hygiene is not about brushing and flossing alone.  Yes, they’re an essential part of your daily routine, but regular visits to the dentist are equally important.

Now, picture this:

You’re in the dentist’s chair, relaxed and at ease, maybe listening to pleasant music drifting in from somewhere near the ceiling. And then the dentist says, “Ok, we’re all done.”

It sounds like a fairytale, doesn’t it?

We promise, it’s not.

At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, we pride ourselves on providing personalized dental care. That’s why we offer conscious sedation dentistry dentistry – so you can remain comfortable while we take care of your smile.

In case you’re not familiar sedation dentistry, here’s how it works:

Conscious sedation dentistry:

About an hour before your procedure, you take an oral sedative. We use Halcion, and the dose we give you will depend on the level of sedation you want to achieve.

A smaller dose will provide minimal sedation. Your cognitive function will be minimally impaired. You will respond normally to verbal commands and remain awake but drowsy during the procedure. This level of sedation will help to eliminate anxiety and give you a more relaxing experience in the dental chair.

An increased dose will provide moderate sedation.  You will respond purposefully to verbal commands. You may fall asleep during your procedure, but you will be easily awakened.


In addition to eliminating anxiety and providing you a more comfortable experience, sedation dentistry also allows us to perform more dental procedures in a single visit rather than having you return to our office again and again.

We thought you’d like the sound of that.

At Soft Touch Dental, we know your smile is important to you. It’s important to us, too. Our patients routinely praise us for our expertise, our professionalism, and our gentle touch. Come in and let us restore your faith in dentistry.