Sedative Dentistry


Many people are in desperate need of dental service but are too afraid to go to the dentist. For those, conscious sedation offers a safe and pain-free experience. Conscious sedation creates the most relaxed and comfortable appointment possible, while the patient remains awake and conscious.

Who is a Candidate for Conscious Sedation?

  • Persons with severe gag responses
  • Anxious, phobic, fearful patients
  • Those who are local anesthetic resistant
  • Patients with time constraints
  • Complex restorative patients
  • Post-operative pain-sensitive patients


What are some of the benefits of anesthesia?

  1. Dental treatment can be transformed into a relaxing and comfortable experience, as sensation, awareness, and recall are minimized.
  2. It can diminish fear and anxiety for phobic patients.
  3. Children and others who are unable to cooperate for standard dental work are able to undergo treatment in a caring manner.
  4. It helps combat a hyperactive gag reflex, and can permit patients with a low pain threshold or the inability to get numb to tolerate dental care.
  5. Extensive or intensive dental work can be completed comfortably and expeditiously.
  6. Patients save time and money compared to treatment in the hospital setting.
  7. It reduces the stress of dental work for patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac disease, hypertension, asthma, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and autism.
  8. It is safely performed in the comfort of the dentist’s office, and the patient goes home after treatment.

Anesthesiologists We Work With

Bay Anesthesia

Dr.-Philip-Yen (2)

Dr. Philip M. Yen
Board-Certified Dentist Anesthesiologist

Bay Anesthesia is a trusted group of dental anesthesiologists that providing anesthesia services for Bay Area dentists. Dr. Yen graduated with a degree in Physiology from UCLA, then went across town to attend dental school at University of Southern California School of Dentistry and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Yen is a board certified diplomate and serves on the board of directors in the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Bay Anesthesia’s anesthesiologists provide focused, outpatient mobile anesthesia services catered specifically to oral & maxillofacial surgical and dental medicine. Each anesthesiologist is equipped to deliver specialized, individually-tailored anesthetics for pediatric, adult and special needs populations. Services they offer include:

  • Intravenous conscious sedation (IV sedation)
  • General Anesthesia

For more information, please visit their website at Bay Anesthesia Group

Targ Mobile Anesthesia

Dr Targ

Dr. Alex Targ, M.D.
Board-Certified Anesthesiologist

Dr. Targ is Stanford and UCSF trained, ACLS certified, and have ten years of private practice experience and a current California Dental Board “General Anesthesia Permit.” Deep sedation in healthy patients is very safe when performed by a physician who is an experienced and board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Targ specializes in the care of babies and small children.

He uses state of the art monitoring to ensure your child is asleep, comfortable, and safe during the whole procedure and to minimize the time your child is asleep and the time it takes to fully awaken.

For your child’s procedure, Dr. Targ will provide anesthesia using the highest quality equipment in a precise, safe manner. By avoiding expensive hospital facility fees, you may save thousands of dollars compared to what you would pay to have the same procedure at a hospital.

The California Dental Board tightly regulates who may provide dental anesthesia and enforces detailed, stringent standards stating what special anesthesia equipment and drugs must be present. Dr. Targ always surpasses these standards and uses the most advanced, compact, hospital grade equipment and monitors.

For more information, please visit his website at Targ Mobile Anesthesia

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist has. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Advantage of Sedation

The treatment can be accomplished in minimal visits with no pain and little memory of this experience. It has been estimated that there is a large population of the general public have a level of anxiety that impedes them from following through with necessary dental treatment. These patients combined with other those with other special circumstances, necessitate the need for advanced anesthesia services in dentistry. The decision to use sedation or general anesthesia for a particular dental procedure should be determined by considering the needs and overall health of the patient, the requirements of the operating dentist, the effect on the quality of the dental treatment and the environment in which the procedure will take place. Your anesthesiologist will take into account all the information above and determine a safe, effective and appropriate anesthetic plan that is tailored to your needs and the requirements of the dentist. It is important to remember that not all patients are candidates for outpatient office anesthesia and we take special care to determine what is appropriate for you or your loved ones circumstances.

What is General Anesthesia?

General Anesthesia is an anesthetic management technique which uses intravenous and/or inhalation agents to induce a state of unconscious. It provides pain relief and amnesia and allows the dentist to work effectively while the patient is in a state of “sleep”. This is accomplished using IV and or inhaled medications. This technique is used successfully with young children, resistant patients, patients with severe anxiety, and special needs patients who are unable to cooperate for dental treatment.

During the procedure, you will be monitored continuously using sophisticated and specialized equipment so that we can assess your state of anesthesia and tailor it accordingly.