About 36% of people experience dental anxiety. If you’re one of them, sedation dentistry can help you relax during treatments. At Century Park Dental Care in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, offer several types of sedation dentistry, allowing for a comfortable, stress-free experience. To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax while receiving oral health care. It’s sometimes called “sleep” dentistry, but that’s not entirely accurate. Unless you’re under general anesthesia, you’re still aware of your surroundings and can follow your dentist’s instructions.
Anyone who experiences dental anxiety or fear can benefit from sedation dentistry. It’s also worth considering if you:
The team at Century Park Dental Care might also recommend sedation dentistry if you need to undergo several dental procedures at the same time.
Century Park Dental Care offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:
Inhaled minimal sedation uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to help you feel relaxed and at ease. You breathe the nitrous oxide through a mask that’s placed over your nose.
Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you can drive home following your appointment unlike with the other forms of sedation dentistry.
Oral sedation uses prescription medication like Halcion, a sedative, to make you drowsy. You take the medication about an hour prior to your appointment. Once the sedation sets in, you feel groggy and relaxed.
It’s normal to fall asleep during oral sedation, but the team can easily wake you up with a nudge.
IV moderate sedation delivers medication into your bloodstream through a needle into a vein. Because IV sedation bypasses your digestive tract, it works much more quickly than oral sedation.
The team adjusts the level of medication throughout treatment, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free appointment.
If you have extreme dental anxiety, the team might recommend deep sedation. Deep sedation causes you to lose consciousness and fall asleep.
Following treatment, you’re moved to an observation room until the anesthesia wears off.
To determine the type of sedation dentistry that will most benefit you, the team at Century Park Dental Care conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks a series of questions.
During your consultation, let the team know about any prescription medication, supplements, or vitamins you take. Certain drugs may interact with the anesthesia and increase your risk of side effects.
After gathering the necessary information, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs.
To further explore sedation dentistry, request a consultation at Century Park Dental Care by phone or online today.