Dentistry can be a dream.

Some patients may fear or become anxious about their dental care while some patients may have special needs. To help you and your family, we provide a wide range of dental sedation options.

With dental sedation, we can make you feel relaxed, comfortable, safe while experiencing no pain at all during your dental treatment.  

Sedation for Every Need
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Through the use of the latest, ultra-compact, monitoring and anesthesia equipment, Dr. Targ safely and affordably provides our dental patients with either inhaled (sevoflurane) or intravenous sedation. A Stanford graduate and UCSF trained, ACLS certified doctor, Dr. Targ has over ten years of private practice experience with a current California Dental Board General
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Mild dental sedation (Nitrous oxide)

Nitrous oxide is commonly known as “laughing gas.” It is a very safe and effective tool that helps patients feel relaxed and anxiety-free during dental treatment. It is used concurrently with local anesthetic (“novocaine”) to ensure that patients remain comfortable throughout each procedure. Once treatment is completed, patients are given pure oxygen to reverse the effects of the nitrous oxide so that they can return to their daily activities.

What are the benefits of dental sedation?

The great benefit of dental sedation is that it can take away your fear and anxiety during any dental procedure and it allows patients to be completely comfortable during complex dental treatment. If you suffer from anxiety, dental sedation can help you receive your treatment in a relaxed, painless, and comfortable state of mind. ​Complex dental procedures such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.

What will I feel?

Since dental sedation is a spectrum of relaxation, you may experience semi-alertness to full sleep during your dental procedure. However, you may be able to respond to verbal commands. While you are relaxed, your sensation of pain, sound and smell will be greatly diminished. Our patients often describe their experience as if no time has passed.

Is it safe?

Yes. It is important that you let our team know about any medications and/or drugs you are taking. You should also let our team know about any medical problems that you may have had so that the sedation procedure can be customized to reflect your special needs. We use state of the art medical technology and medications that ensures your health and safety.

How are sedatives administered?

We commonly administer sedatives orally. This is an easy approach and does not require the use of needles. We may provide you with a prescription pill which should be taken about an hour before your appointment. In other cases, prescribed medication will be provided to you when you arrive to your appointment. The effect will be to ease your body and mind into relaxation.

What is dental sedation?

Dental sedation is a service that we provide to induce a relaxing state of mind for you to receive dental treatment or surgery in a comfortable setting. There are three different levels of dental sedation that we can induce via medications.

  1. Mild dental sedation (nitrous oxide)
  2. Medium dental sedation (oral and light IV)
  3. Deep dental sedation (IV sedation)

Deep dental sedation (IV sedation)

This type of dental sedation is a great option for patients who want to be “put to sleep” and complete a lot of treatment in one appointment in a comfortable and safe manner. We work with highly skilled and trained dental anesthesiologists to ensure that our patients remain in a deep state of relaxation and are completely comfortable while receiving dental treatment.

Medium dental sedation (Oral and light IV)

Oral conscious sedation is a wonderful option for patients who have high levels of anxiety receiving dental treatment but do not want to be put completely to sleep for procedures. We give the patient a sedative medication prior to treatment, along with nitrous oxide and local anesthetic during the procedure. Patients oftentimes get sleepy during treatment and may not remember parts of the procedure after the fact, but can still communicate with us and respond on their own during treatment.

What is the difference between sedation and general anesthesia?

There are different levels of sedation on one of the spectrum and general anesthesia on the other end. There is mild sedation whereby the patient is sedated but is partially awake, enough to respond to the treating clinician. Moderate sedation occurs when the patient may or may not fully respond to commands from the clinician. Deep Sedation/General anesthesia occurs when the patient is completely asleep whereby they are not aware during the treating procedure, muscle relaxation and no recollection of procedure.

Why would I or my child need treatment under general anesthesia?

There are patients with specific needs that would not allow them to sit through a dental procedure. Children and patients with special needs may not voluntarily endure a long dental procedure or allow for any treatment to commence. True, most dental procedures could be done in multiple appointments but the patient as well as the provider may opt to get complete the procedure in a single appointment while the patient is comfortably asleep.