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At East Bay Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we provide a wide range of treatments and procedures for gum disease and dental implants, implementing the latest practices and technologies. Every case is unique, but our experienced and knowledgeable team can find the right procedure or combination of procedures to deliver the best results for your specific needs.

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Sedation Dentistry

While most periodontal and dental implant procedures can be carried out with local anesthesia that numbs the area being worked upon, some patients might prefer a sedative. Patients can be anxious about their procedures, and while local anesthesia prevents pain, a patient might still be very aware of the procedure and feel uncomfortable or nervous.

Is Sedation Right for Me?

Sedation for periodontal treatments is safe and effective. It allows anxious patients to feel calm and relaxed during their treatments.

There are two different types of dental sedation: intravenous (IV) and oral. IV sedation provides a sedative through an IV drip, while oral sedation is taken as one or more pills before the procedure. Both are highly effective. IV sedation generally offers the periodontal team greater control over the level of sedation during the procedure.

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During the Procedure

Sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. You will not be asleep. You will be conscious during the procedure and able to respond to any prompts from the periodontist. With moderate sedation, you will be unlikely to form a clear memory of the procedure. With either minimal or moderate sedation, you will be relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.

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