Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry enables patients who may have a low pain threshold, very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or moderate-to-severe anxiety the ability to undergo more advanced procedures for teeth and gum health. At California Center for Implant Dentistry, we use a physician anesthesiologist, a medical doctor specializing in anesthesia, to administer an IV sedation that puts you to sleep safely and comfortably, and provides for the ultimate painless dental care. A physician anesthesiologist has the most extensive training and experience, and provides the greatest measures of patient safety and comfort and the best operating conditions.

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About Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry or “Sleep Dentistry”?

Sedation dentistry, sometimes called “Sleep Dentistry,” is a safe, gentle option used to help patients relax while they are having dental treatment.  Medication will be used but you usually remain awake, unless you opt for a general anesthetic which will make you sleep.

Dr. Chen will discuss the sedation options with you so that you can choose the one you prefer and which he feels is best suited to your circumstances:

A low level of sedation – you will feel completely relaxed but will not be asleep.

Moderate sedation – you will feel more relaxed, even drowsy and although not fully asleep, you may not remember much afterwards.

Deep sedation – you will wake up easily but will be more or less unconscious.

General anesthetic – you will be fully asleep/unconscious and will not be aware of anything.

As well as being sedated, Dr. Chen will still apply a local anesthetic into your gum so that you will not feel any pain while he works on your teeth.

What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Being sedated while you have dental work completed brings with it many benefits. Your anxiety will be relieved, you will be less aware or totally unaware of the procedure being carried out and your fear will be a thing of the past.

Who should consider Sedation Dentistry?

If the thought of dental treatment fills you with dread, then sedation dentistry is well worth considering.  Whether you have a phobia or something less, by allowing your dentist to sedate you, dental treatment can be carried out quickly and efficiently.  Talk to Dr. Chen about sedation dentistry if you have problems with any of the following:

  • A fear of dentists
  • Low pain threshold
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • A gag reflex that causes problems during treatment
  • Need to have a vast amount of work carried out

Even children can be treated with oral sedation as it is very safe and will ensure that treatment takes place effectively and without any stress or anxiety.

Partnering with


At California Center for Implant Dentistry, we partner with Dr. Lam, a physician anesthesiologist, to administer the sedation.

Dr. Lam is a board certified physician anesthesiologist (Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology 1985, recertification 2009) with over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of practice settings.

His experience includes the delivery of anesthetic care for all major surgical subspecialties including cardiac, neuro, high-risk obstetrical, pediatric, spinal cord, burn, major orthopedic and multiple trauma surgery.

Dr. Lam’s primary concerns during anesthetic care in order of importance are patient safety, patient comfort, and optimal operating conditions for the dental specialist. Much of the equipment and medical supplies he brings to Dr. Chen’s office are dedicated to patient safety and in preparation for medical problems, including emergencies that he actively seeks to avoid.

“I use the same methods and techniques to deliver anesthesia in the dental office that I would use in a hospital operating room.”

In sum, patients have a better experience with a board certified physician anesthesiologist when the anesthetic is tailored specifically for the dental office environment.