Are you one of the many people who experience dental anxiety or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist? If so, sedation dentistry may be just what you need! Sedation dentistry offers a variety of options that can help alleviate your fears and make your next dental visit more comfortable.
Sedation dentistry is a dental practice that utilizes medication to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during their appointments. It's often used on patients who have anxiety or fear when it comes to dental treatments, as well as those with sensitive teeth or complex procedures ahead.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are different types of sedation that cater to varying levels of anxiety and discomfort. They include:
This method, also known as general anesthesia, is suitable for all ages of people who experience serious dental fear or find it difficult to remain still for extended periods of time. A certified anesthesiologist visit either of our practices to provide the sedation, and our team keeps a watch on your or your kid's vitals throughout the entire process. Patients under this sedation will remain in a deep sleep. Interested individuals would have to be somewhat flexible with timing due to the limited availability of anesthesiologists - this option can only be offered once or twice a month.
During this sedation, you or your child will be given a drink that deeply relaxes them, which is ideal for moderate cases of dental anxiety or fear. Even though the patient remains awake during the procedure, they are really calm and content; after the process is completed, they may not even remember the visit. You will need to take them home afterward and keep an eye on them for the rest of the day as the effects wear off.
With only mild dental anxiety, nitrous oxide is an excellent option for patients. Patients remain fully alert during their procedure, but the gas takes the edge off any negative feelings, allowing them to feel much more pleasant. This option is ideal for patients with busy schedules. You or your child can resume regular activities within minutes of the treatment since its effects wear off quickly.
If you have been avoiding necessary dental treatment because of fear or anxiety, consider talking to your dentist about sedation dentistry. With the help of this practice, you can receive the care you need without enduring unnecessary stress or discomfort.
For the best dental care, visit Dr. Nashed's office, Arcadia Location at 45 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006, or Long Beach Location at 4200 E Pacific Coast Highway Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90804. You may also call the Arcadia location at (626) 294-9119 or Long Beach location at (562) 498-5788.