Dental treatments can be performed quickly and easily when the patient is under sedation. This is the best option for individuals who have dental phobia or a fear of needles. It is also beneficial for those patients who would need to spend a certain length of time in the dental chair having extensive work performed. "Sedation dentistry" can work very well for those individuals who cannot always control their movements, including children. Another benefit of sedation dentistry is the ability to complete in one session, a lengthy procedure that might otherwise take several visits to the office.
Sedation dentistry can be administered through oral medication or intravenously. Our Los Angeles dentist will determine the type and degree of sedation that will be needed for the procedure. The form of dental sedation will also depend on the amount of anxiety involved. Moderate sedation can be achieved from nitrous oxide or oral sedatives, and intravenous drugs will produce a deeper form of sedation. When nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is used, it will bring about a state of complete relaxation. A local anesthetic is also administered so that there will be no pain.
Sedation and twilight dentistry creates a comfortable and relaxing opportunity for patients to have a variety of procedures performed, regardless of how anxious they may have been. Once the procedure has been completed, the patient will have little memory of the event.
Sedation dentistry does not mean that the patient will be unconscious. Some forms of sedation simply help to reduce the anxiety level and relax the patient to the point where he or she will be in a state similar to sleep and will feel no anxiety during the treatment.
Our Los Angeles dentist offers sedation techniques for a variety of treatments, including bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, veneers and other dental procedures.