Sedation Dentistry in San Diego| Dr. Pegah Salami

Serving San Diego County including Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Poway

Dental phobia is real. Many people avoid the dentist altogether because of extreme dental anxiety and fear. Unfortunately, this means they’re also missing out on important oral healthcare, which can affect their overall health as well. If you or someone you love suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer.

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What is sedation dentistry?

  • The term sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help patients achieve a state of relaxation during dental procedures. The medications used vary in strength and result in varying degrees of relaxation, from mildly calm and at ease to fully asleep. When it comes to everyday dental procedures for adults, such as cleanings, fillings, crowns and root canals, sedation dentistry typically stays in the mid-range, where the patient remains conscious or semiconscious but in a heightened state of relaxation. In addition to making the patient more comfortable, sedation dentistry often helps the dentist as well. By alleviating the patient’s dental anxiety, the dentist can more easily perform the necessary procedures to help the patient achieve optimum oral health.
  • If you’re looking for a compassionate, trustworthy, and highly experienced sedation dentist, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Salami is the best sedation dentist in San Diego. For sedation dentistry in Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, Poway or Carmel Valley, give us a call at (858) 673-1000 to schedule a consultation today.

Types of sedation dentistry Dr. Salami offers

Dr. Salami offers two types of sedation dentistry: oral sedation and IV sedation. Both help alleviate dental anxiety and relax nervous patients so they’re  more comfortable in the dental chair. Depending on the severity of the patient’s fear and the complexity of their procedure, one may be more suitable than the other. If you are in need of sedation dentistry, Dr. Salami offers:   

  • Oral sedation

Oral sedation, also known as pill sedation or oral conscious sedation, involves a pill taken an hour or so prior to your dental appointment. In some cases, a dose may be taken the night before as well. The oral sedative is from a class of drugs known as Benzodiazepines, which work by decreasing activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. When sedated in this way, you’ll remain conscious but in a heightened state of relaxation. You’ll be able to breathe on your own and respond to verbal cues given by Dr. Salami while she performs your dental procedure. One of the perks of oral sedation is that most patients have no memory of the dental work performed. They “wake up” surprised that it’s already over. 

  • IV sedation

Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, involves administration of the anti-anxiety medication directly into the bloodstream by way of an intravenous catheter. IV sedation brings the patient to a semi-conscious state, eliminating anxiety and pain while still remaining conscious enough to respond to and communicate with the dentist. Generally stronger than oral sedation, IV sedation is a good option for patients with severe dental phobia or extreme dental anxiety, as well as patients undergoing longer and more complex procedures. The amount of medication administered can be adjusted during the procedure according to the needs of the patient. The patient’s vital statistics are carefully monitored for the duration.  

Whether you opt for oral sedation or IV sedation, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. 

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Pegah S. Salami, DMD, FAGD IconPegah S. Salami, DMD, FAGD

12396 World Trade Drive #208, San Diego

4.6 174 reviews

  • Avatar Bill Weurding ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I had a very thorough cleaning on my second visit that was superior to any cleaning I’ve ever had. Instead of the older methods, this was done mostly with a small, vibrating water sprayer that was actually soothing to the gums as it entered … More the pockets around the teeth. I was told it is a more effective way of both removing the bacteria and keeping the pockets from further recession. The skills of Natalie were impressive throughout during my pain-free visit! This my second visit to this office. I had a new crown done on my first visit, all done in less than two hours with state of the art equipment that was unbelievable. I highly recommend this office for great service and results.
  • Avatar Mike Davis ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I had been recommended to Dr Salami from a friend. I was tired of a Dentist office that seemed like a corporation, different dentists, always up-selling, always in a rush, so I tried Dr Salami's office. After one visit, Dr Salami … More was like visiting a wonderful family. Everyone was pleasant and professional. They spent time cleaning my teeth, not just getting it done. I knew going in I had a tooth that needed a crown, but there was no pressure. The second visit for the crown was painless and a perfect fit. Everyone was a pleasure to meet. My new Dentist for life.
  • Avatar Jemille Vialet ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I’ve been coming here for a few years and the best part of coming here is the staff. They’re all extremely welcoming, upbeat, and genuinely nice people. The experience and professionalism here is also very calming. They have flawlessly … More fixed any problem I’ve had without issue - even one that I had visited multiple dentists for in the past. I highly recommend Dr Salami’s office!
  • Avatar Linda Mullin ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Elaine is my hero... she did an amazing job with me and I am forever grateful to her. Dr. Salami chose well when she hired her, she is the absolute best.
    Update; went in for an adjustment everything was wonderful...once again the
    … More ladies at Serenity Dental have saved the day!

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