Patients who suffer from dental anxiety are prone to neglect their dental health. I feel that if given the option, these patients would choose to maintain the health of their teeth and gums. It is anxiety and fear that can put this patient’s dental health in a serious condition of decline. However, in a sedation dental environment, patients literally sleep through their appointment. After the visit, they wake up with only pleasant memories of their dental visit.
-Dr. Agatep

For whatever reason, I’ve become a magnet for nervous, anxious patients in San Diego. I’m not sure if there is an underground dental phobia forum that my name has popped up on, but I’m happy to help however I can.

If you’re afraid of the dentist, you’re not alone. It’s no surprise that there are millions of people just like you who think going to the dentist is as fun as petting porcupines. The good news is that you have options, and if I told you that you can take a few pills, zone out, and have a painless experience – would you schedule your next appointment?

What to expect from a sedation dental visit
With oral sedation, you’re not actually asleep during the procedure. You will be relaxed, but awake and responsive. You also might say some funny things, but don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you or put it up on YouTube.

Don’t let fear prevent you from getting the care that you need. There is a cost of inaction, and the more you delay, the worse your condition can get. The worse the condition gets, the more expensive and time consuming it becomes. We’re here to make your visit as comfortable as possible, and we will create a relaxing, no pressure environment so that you’re 100% comfortable with the procedure. I like to make sure you are well educated, and we will go over the details of the procedure and expected outcome.

Next steps
Call our office and let the front office know that you are a fearful patient that is interested in oral sedation. Give us as much info as possible so that we can prepare for your first visit. You can reach us at (858) 490-4281 or email us at