Sedation Dentistry


There are many people who may be nervous or anxious about dental procedures because of previous traumatic experiences. At Blue Turtle Dental, we offer oral conscious sedation for patients undergoing treatments that range from invasive procedures to routine dental cleanings. How sedation is used depends on the patient and his or her level of level of dental anxiety.

Blue Turtle Dental is located in Palo Alto, California and is led by Dr. Kelekalani Scheel. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how sedation dentistry can change the way you view going to the dentist.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication that helps patients feel relaxed during dental procedures. While occasionally referred to as “sleep dentistry,” patients typically stay awake throughout the procedure.

At Blue Turtle Dental, Dr. Scheel uses oral sedation, which can range from minimal to moderate in its effects depending on the dosage provided to the patient.In the same family as Valium, oral sedation typically makes you drowsy, but only enough to be completely relaxed throughout the procedure. The amount that is administered to you will depend on the procedure and on your individual specifications.

Sedation dentistry is typically administered for a variety of reasons, including:

  • A low pain threshold
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Bad gag reflexes
  • High anxiety
  • Inability to sit still in a dentist’s chair

Why Choose Blue Turtle Dental for Your Sedation Dentistry?

Although most dentists are qualified to administer some forms of sedation, it takes a qualified dentist to be able to determine the right dosages for each individual treatment and patient. At Blue Turtle Dental, your sedation will leave you relaxed and able to comfortably sit through your dental procedure with minimal side effects.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Although oral sedation is safe for most people, certain health conditions such as obesity or sleep apnea may require further evaluation before oral sedation is approved. Your dosage will be tailored to your individual treatment and body type, and Dr. Scheel is highly experienced in this form of anesthesia.

During your consultation, Dr. Scheel will use advanced technology and techniques to get an accurate assessment of the health and condition of your teeth. She will then discuss your treatment and sedation options with you according to your unique needs and preferences.

Contact Blue Turtle Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scheel and find out if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry.