Conscious Sedation

Rick K. Smith, DDS

Dentistry in Santa Cruz, CA

Dentist checking girls teeth

Dental fear is a reality that some people need help with to cope with dental treatment. It has long been a standard for Dr. Smith to offer many types of sedation to make patients completely comfortable while having their work done. There are several levels that Dr. Smith can provide. Conscious Sedation is just that, a patient is awake, but not alert or really caring about having their dental treatment. Many times this is just with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or some sort of light sleeping pill like Ambien. Most often patients are relaxed while being treated and only have a slight memory of what even happened while they had their dentistry done. Above this level is general anesthesia where Dr. Smith involves the assistance of an Anesthesiologist to provide similar sedation he would if he were treating patients in the hospital operating room.

If you or someone you care about has been putting their dental care off which so often happens. Then call Dr. Smith and set up a consultation to discuss which option would be best. Dr. Smith has been on Medical Staff at Dominican Hospital for over 25 years. He has seen all levels of true dental phobic patient’s and those patients with complicated medical issues. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Dental Society for Anesthesiology and credentialed in Enteral Sedation. Dr. Smith cares for each patient on an individual basis and will offer you or your loved ones the special care needed.

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4.9 Ratings


Mon – 9am – 6pm
Tue – 8am – 5pm
Wed – 9am – 6pm
Thu – 9am – 6pm
Fri – 8am – 4pm
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8030 Soquel Ave. #101
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 462-5600