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Conscious Sedation Dentistry in San Jose

How You Can Benefit From Conscious Sedation Dentistry!

Are you avoiding dental treatment because you’ve had a bad experience at the dentist or you’re simply afraid of sitting in the dentist’s chair and going through a procedure? Are you a person with special needs who finds it difficult to sit calmly for extended periods of time? If you are, then our Conscious Sedation dentistry services may be right for you!

What is Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

Conscious Sedation dentistry in San Jose involves Dr. Shimizu administering oral sedation medication so you can relax and sit comfortably while a dental procedure is being performed. While under sedation, you are conscious enough to listen and respond to Dr. Shimizu, while at the same time being relaxed enough to sit quietly through your visit with little to no anxiety and fear. The amount of sedation that can be administered depends on your condition as well as the complexity, expected duration, and nature of the dental procedures that are to be performed. Dr. Shimizu will evaluate you to determine how much medication will be necessary to have you relax through your visit. Oral sedatives usually take nearly twenty minutes to work so you are generally instructed to take the medication once you have arrived for your appointment.


People who are fearful of dental treatment tend to avoid the dentist altogether and would rather live with pain and disease instead of getting the care they need. The results of this can be devastating to their oral health and overall general health. With dental sedation, these patients become relaxed and calm, allowing the dentist to provide the treatment they need. Children or Individuals with special needs, particularly with neuromuscular issues or hyperactive gag reflex, can make sudden movements or jerks, which can be dangerous for the patient as well as the dentist. Sedation will limit sudden movements of these patients, thereby preventing any harm to themselves as well as the dental team. If you or someone you know has special needs or suffers from dental phobia, anxiety and fear, there is no need to avoid the dentist. With the help of our Conscious Sedation services, you can get the dental care you need in a calm and relaxing environment. Please contact our office at 408.923.5511 or email us at We look forward to helping you relax through your dental visit.

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