Sedation dentistry is a way to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental treatments, particularly longer ones. Our dentist in Los Angeles uses sedation dentistry as a way to make sure patients who need dental care get it, rather than avoid it out of anxiety. There are three primary types of sedation dentistry, of differing levels of strength.
The first is inhaled sedation, which comes in the form of nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas. This natural substance is exceptionally safe and has no lasting effects as soon as it is turned off. This is the most common form of sedation, relaxing patients, helping remove their anxiety.
There is also oral sedation, which are pills that are taken before the patient arrives to the office. Likewise, the effects will undoubtedly last well after the appointment. As a result, this means that the patient cannot drive themselves to or from the appointment. But this method has such a profound relaxing and numbing effect that patients can often sleep through treatment.
The last is IV-administered sedation, with a powerful sedative making the patient either groggy or completely asleep. As a result, patients will have little memory of the treatment afterwards.
To make sure you get the treatment you need but without the anxiety, contact our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment.