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Anxiety / Sedation

Does the idea of going to the dentist make you extremely nervous?  Do you consistently have difficulty “tolerating” dental treatment?   If so, you are not alone, and we can help.  Some people actually rate their fear of dental treatment higher than their fear of death. Unfortunately, this often comes from previously traumatic dental experiences that have left signifcant lasting dental anxiety or even dental phobia.  


At Saddleback Valley Endodontics, it is amongst our top priority to ensure that your treatment is comfortable.  If you have significant dental anxiety or phobia, it is important that we first acknowledge and address this so that we may develop a plan together that best ensures your comfortable treatment and an optimal outcome.  This may include some level of sedation or general anesthesia.  





Please note that for the vast majority of people, endodontic treatment is comfortable and well tolerated with the use of local anesthetics only.  If you typically do not have difficulty with routine dental care, it is very likely that you will not have difficulty with your endodontic care.  Endodontic patients are frequently surprised by the ease of their treatment, and actually experience relief from their symptoms.  


It may be normal to have some anxiety, perhaps of the unknown, or perhaps from an experience of not being totally numb during a dental procedure.  We routinely use specialized methods and techniques to obtain "profound numbness". If you are primarily concerned by difficulty of getting numb in the past, it is very likely that you will benefit from these specialized approaches. Some patients however, have limitations that can only be overcome with some level of sedation.  Other limitations beyond dental anxiety and phobia may include a severe gagging reflex, limited opening, and mental or physical limitations. 

25261 Paseo De Valencia, Suite 3
Laguna Hills, CA 92637

(949) 581-8890
(949) 581-3902

Saddleback Valley Endodontics consists of several separate, individual professional corporations practicing in a shared expense environment. Providing endodontic care, including root canal therapy, retreatment, apicoectomy, and management of cracked teeth and traumatic dental injuries, in the following cities and surrounding areas: Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Dana Point, San Clemente, Santa Margarita, Coto De Caza, Trabuco Canyon, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Newport Beach, Tustin and surrounding areas.