What is Sedation Dentistry?

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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.

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Is Dental Sedation Right for Me?

You may suffer from dental anxiety if going to the dentist for something as routine as a teeth cleaning fills you with dread. It is nothing to be ashamed, of, though. The good news is that many dentists offer dental sedation for patients that suffer from dental anxiety. After all, proper oral hygiene is just as important for anyone suffering from dental anxiety as it is for anyone else.

There are four levels of dental sedation. The first level of dental sedation is minimal sedation. Nitrous oxide is usually used to place patients into this level of sedation. You will feel relaxed during your visit to the dentist, and should still be able to drive yourself home. Moderate sedation is the second level, and it can be given either orally or intravenously. You will likely still be awake during the procedure, but may not remember most of it. The third level of sedation is deep sedation. This level places the patient on the brink of unconsciousness. The final level is general anesthesia. Only licensed anesthesiologists can administer at this level, as it will render you completely unconscious.

The level of sedation that will work best for you will be determined by our dentist in North Hollywood at the time of your appointment. The goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit. If you are interested in learning more about dental sedation, contact our sedation dentist in North Hollywood.