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If you’re scared or hesitant to visit the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental fears, phobias and anxieties are among the leading reason people avoid going to the dentist. There are a number of reasons why a person may become hesitant to visit the dentist, such as a poor experience in the past, fears of procedures, and even the overall atmosphere. As a result, many put their dental care on hold until after a serious complication has developed. Now, you don’t have to fear the dentist with a sedation dentist in Encinitas CA. We take the fear out of dentistry by allowing you to sleep during your appointment for your comfort. With IV sedation from Dr. Greg McElroy, you no longer have to put your dental care on hold.

Understanding Dental Fear and Anxiety

Dr. McElroy understands that each patient has their own comfort level when visiting the dentist. As a result, each patient has their own individual needs and concerns, which is why Dr. McElroy creates custom treatment plans with the use of IV sedation to help each patient relax. Many become hesitant to visit the dentist because they are embarrassed about the current state of their oral health, while others can become physically ill at the very thought of going to the dentist. In some cases, patients are scared of potential pain, dental tools, or even sounds and smells of the dental office. With IV sedation, we’ll help you defeat your dental fears, even for those who fear not being in control.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is a sedation medication that’s administered intravenously. This allows us to maintain a greater degree of control over the amount of medication administered to cater sedation levels to each patient’s individual needs. This allows us to provide the highest level of comfort while undergoing dental care. You’ll become completely relaxed, often sleeping through the entire procedure. As a result, many don’t even remember the dental appointment.

With you feeling completely comfortable and relaxed, we are able to address your dental needs in a timelier manner. We are able to perform the necessary procedures quicker, saving you time and visits to the dentist.

For your safety, Dr. McElroy is specially trained to perform IV sedation, so you’re able to use the sedation medication with minimal risk. With Dr. McElroy by your side and the use of IV sedation, we can defeat your dental fears together.

Your Sedation Dentist in Encinitas CA

Dr. McElroy believes that dental care should cause fear, which is why he offers various calming treatment options in addition to IV sedation. Prior to your procedure, Dr. McElroy will discuss your treatment plan and address any questions of concerns you have. He’ll help you feel confident going into the procedure while also using sedation to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.

If you’ve been avoiding the dentist due to dental fears, it’s time to put that fear behind you. Choose the sedation dentist in Encinitas CA who cares. Let Dr. McElroy help you overcome your dental anxieties.


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Your Top-Rated Dentist in Encinitas, CA

"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

Dr. McElroy is excited to provide you a $99 new patient special!


Discuss Your Goals With Dr. McElroy


Thorough Exam & Professional Cleaning


Digital X-Rays


Discuss Your Potential Treatment Options


Bonus: Free copy of Dr. McEroy’s Book