Irvine Sedation Dentist

Are you afraid of the dentist? Is it hard or uncomfortable for you to sit in the dentist’s chair during treatment? If your fear or discomfort keeps you from getting the dental care you need, sedation dentistry can help. By taking a calming medication before your dental appointment, you can overcome your dental anxiety and have a more comfortable dental visit.

You don’t have to be afraid of the dentist. Irvine sedation dentist, Dr. Scott Rice, has a compassionate and gentle manner, and he can use medication to help you overcome your fears to get the dental treatment you need or want. Please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry today to put your dental anxiety behind you.

Woman relaxing after sedation dentistry

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses relaxing medication to help patients overcome dental anxiety. All you do is take one pill before your dental appointment. Depending on the level and type of your anxiety, you may be given additional medication to help you sleep the night before. Your medication will help you arrive at your dental appointment feeling relaxed and comfortable. You will not be asleep during your dental appointment, you will be awake and able to respond to instructions.

You will need to have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment. Sedation dentistry has an amnesiac effect, so you won’t remember much about your appointment, which can help you overcome your anxiety for future appointments. Because tension increases your discomfort, you will likely experience less discomfort after a sedation dentistry appointment than your previous dental experiences.

Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can help people who experience:

  • Dental fear or anxiety
  • Negative reactions to certain sounds or smells in the dentist’s office
  • Discomfort from sitting in the dental chair or holding their mouth open
  • Difficulty sitting through long dental treatments
  • Strong gag reactions

Medications used in sedation dentistry are also very safe and rarely interact with other medications you are taking, but you should talk to Dr. Rice about prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you are taking. You should also mention any prior allergic reactions to medications, and whether you have a heart condition or sleeping disorder, such as sleep apnea.

How to Choose a Sedation Dentist

Sedation dentistry is very safe when used properly, but as with all medications risk can increase if a dentist is not properly trained. You want to make sure your dentist has received training in sedation dentistry and has considerable experience in using the technique with his patients.

Is your dentist qualified to administer sedation dentistry?

Dr. Rice

Your Dentist

Treating patients with sedation dentistry for over 20 years.Yes


Highly trained team of hygienists, assistants and other professional with years of experience in sedation dentistry (that truly love their work, enjoy helping patients and are a joy to be around).Yes


Certified by the California State Board for Oral Sedation (permit on file).Yes


Works with Board Certified Anesthesiologists when using IV and General (over 20 years).Yes


Makes it an absolute priority to be a leading expert in sedation dentistry.Yes


Never takes chances. Never takes risks.Yes


Routinely treats patients with sedation, not just once in a while.Yes


Experienced in complex treatment, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants surgery and reconstruction, bite problems (TMJ).Yes


Sedation dentist, Scott L. Rice, has been certified by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). He has considerable experience helping people overcome dental anxiety using sedation dentistry.

If you’re in Irvine and would like to talk to Dr. Rice about his training and experience or learn how he can help you overcome your dental anxiety through sedation dentistry, please contact Rice Dentistry today.

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