Sedation Dentistry Oral Conscious Sedation San Diego, California

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Sedation Dentistry - Oral Conscious Sedation

San Diego, California

It is estimated that roughly 30% of the population avoids going to a dentist because of fear or anxiety. As a result of this “dental phobia”, there are people who have not seen a dentist in ten or even 20 years. Dr. Andrew Kim is registered with the state of California to practice oral conscious dentistry (OCS), and offers it as a way to help you relax in his office.

Oral conscious sedation means that you are in a deeply relaxed stated, but not completely unconscious during the procedure. You may doze off some of the time, but will still be able to answer questions and follow Dr. Kim’s instructions.

Dr. Kim understands that you may feel uncomfortable or fearful when you come in for your dental procedure. But with oral conscious sedation dentistry, your fears can be put to rest in a calming, comfortable, and safe way.

Patients who are appropriate for OCS include those who

  • Suffer anxiety when visiting their dentist

  • Suffer from acute or chronic soreness of the jaw

  • Cannot get numb

  • Have a bad gag reflex

  • Have neck or back problems

  • Have a history of other health problems

Because many people complain of one or more of these problems when they visit the dentist, Dr. Kim has several ways in which to keep you relaxed. Depending on your age, anxiety level, weight, and any other underlying health problems, as well as the procedure you are getting, Dr. Kim will choose the right kind of medication to give you. You might take a pill before you come in for your procedure. All of this is done in a safe and caring way.

Temporary Side-effects of Medication

Retrograde amnesia

  • Dry mouth

  • Hiccups

The payoff is less post-operative soreness. In most cases, you will not be required to take pain medications after your procedure, and will recover more quickly with less soreness due to the relaxed state you were in with OCS.

It is because Dr. Kim believes in making your procedure as easy as possible for you that he offers oral conscious sedation (OCS). No longer will you need feel fearful when walking through his doors. You will be in a safe, professional environment with a dentist who cares about your needs.

Questions about Conscious Sedation Dentistry

If you live in the San Diego, California area, and have avoided seeing a dentist due to fear or anxiety, please contact our oral conscious office at (760) 747-5295 to speak with Dr. Kim for an initial oral conscious sedation consultation FREE of charge. He will answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding OCS (Oral Conscious Sedation).


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