Sedation Dentistry


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Wake up to a new smile with dental sedation in La Mesa, California!

No matter the level of fear or anxiety you may feel when you think about going to the dentist, Dr. Gray and Dr. Hurtado can help you have a pleasant dental experience.

Dr. Gray has received extensive special training to become a sedation dentist and is among the leaders in the US in using dental sedation. Patients come from all over Southern California to San Diego to be treated by Dr. Gray using this comfortable, safe, and effective system.

We are happy to give you any information you need to help you feel at ease thinking about sedation dentistry.


Sedation dentistry is a wonderful way to help people who have a fear of the dentist receive the dental care they need. The patient will take a prescribed pill orally before coming to the dentist’s office and will then be relaxed and comfortable during the entire dental visit.

A qualified sedation dentist like Dr. Gray will then be able to perform the needed dental care. The patient can still respond to the sedation dentist but will not feel any pain, remembering little or nothing of the experience. The patient feels almost as if he/she were asleep, so many people call dental sedation “sleep dentistry.”

The medicine that Dr. Gray or Dr. Hurtado prescribe is called Triazolam. It is a small blue pill taken about 1 hour before your visit. This tablet has been prescribed over 10 million times per year, by physicians, for patients to use at home.

This dental sedation drug has almost no side effects or interaction with other medicines you may currently be taking. A qualified sedation dentist like Dr. Gray or Dr. Hurtado will also constantly monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during your appointment.


Sedation dentistry allows you to comfortably undergo every procedure, from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. For those with severe dental anxiety, dental sedation can be the answer to receiving the dental care you need.

San Diego dentist Dr. Jeff Gray of La Mesa, California explained in an interview that it is common for him to see patients that are extremely afraid of the dentist.

One of the additional benefits of dental sedation is that the medicine has an amnesia quality, which, for most patients, tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. It is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because of this and its other pleasant effects. Amazingly, sedation dentistry can also reduce or eliminate the pain associated with dental procedures.

  • Dental sedation enhances the effectiveness of anesthetic.
  • Gagging is decreased during “sleep dentistry.”
  • The patient does not feel as much joint and muscle soreness after dental sedation.
  • Sedation dentistry allows more treatments to be provided in a shorter time, which could decrease the total number of visits.
  • Patients remember little or nothing regarding the procedures performed by the sedation dentist.


Oral conscious sedation has been employed for years and has a great track record of success. This dental sedation option can be administered in pill form or under the tongue for rapid absorption. Patients love oral conscious sedation dentistry because it is fast-acting, comfortable, and effective.

It truly is remarkable that dental technological advances, including dental sedation, have brought us to the point where even those with severe dental phobia can get the high-quality dental treatments they need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

With our New Patient Special we offer Oral sedation at no additional charge (some limitations apply).


We also offer IV sedation with a Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist for those patients who want to be totally out or have medical conditions that would require this for their health or safety. The IV sedation does have a fee that would be discussed prior to a visit. Dr Gray and Dr Hurtado are happy to help the patient decide which might be the best choice for them based on their specific situation.


If you would like to relax comfortably while receiving dental care, sedation dentistry may be right for you. We are proud to offer oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and laughing gas depending on your level of anxiety or the treatment you are undergoing. Come visit San Diego sedation dentist Dr. Jeff Gray and learn more about dental sedation. Contact our office in La Mesa, California today or fill in the form on this page, and we will contact you.

If you are looking for a more detailed explanation about the sedation dentistry procedures or patient comforts that Dr. Jeff Gray and Dr. Greg Hurtado provide, schedule your appointment today. We want to give you peace of mind when making the decision to pursue sedation dentistry with us if you are in the San Diego area, from La Mesa to El Cajon!

New Patient Offers

Free Sedation and Cozy Blanket

($390 value)

Free 3D Scan and Consultation for Dental Implants

($425 value)