May 6, 2021
Many people dread going to the dentist. Whether you feel guilty about not flossing regularly, are anxious about scheduling a big procedure like wisdom teeth removal, or are one of the 30 to 40 million Americans who have generalized dental phobia, you should never have to avoid going to the dentist out of discomfort or fear.
We want to make dental anxiety a thing of the past at our dental clinic. We are here to take care of you and your teeth, and we strive to make sure you are as comfortable and confident as possible while in our care. That's why we offer a variety of sedation treatments for our dental procedures. Sedation can be tailored to your specific needs to help you relax and prevent pain and discomfort. In today's post, we'll take a look at the most common types of sedation dentistry to examine which one might be right for you.
Inhaled sedation is typically light sedation that keeps you conscious and relaxed throughout your procedure. Also known as “laughing gas” or “happy air,” it is made of a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is inhaled through a nosepiece. It will take a few minutes to become effective and a few minutes to recover at the end of the procedure.
People who have taken inhaled sedation typically report feeling relaxed, slightly warm, and tired, with mild tingling in the hands and feet and a sensation of floating.
Inhaled sedation is ideal if you:
Oral sedation is administered via a pill(s) taken 30 to 60 minutes before the procedure. One of its main disadvantages is the length of time before becoming effective, along with the lengthy period of recovery. However, oral sedation is one of the most popular options for those seeking a mild sedative.
Oral sedation is ideal if you:
Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered directly to the bloodstream through a tube. Typically a mixture of a benzodiazepine and an opioid, this type of sedation is stronger than inhaled or oral sedation and is ideal for patients who need more involved procedures like surgical, dental extractions or who would rather not remember their time at the dentist's office. Under IV sedation, patients are relaxed and at the very edge of consciousness. They can respond to verbal cues, but their recollection of the procedure will be vague or nonexistent.
Intravenous sedation is ideal if you:
A trained anesthesiologist must administer general anesthesia through a combination of inhaled gases and IV medications to render the patient completely unconscious. Throughout the procedure, the patient remains unconscious and cannot feel any pain. This is not a common form of dental sedation anymore, but it still may be the best option in specific cases.
General anesthesia is ideal if you:
Please keep in mind that this is only a starting guide. Although dental sedation is beneficial for many people, it's not for everyone. When you book your initial consultation with us, our dentist in 90210 will discuss your specific needs, health, and medical history to determine which dental sedation method is appropriate for you.
Don't let dental anxiety keep you from taking care of your teeth. We will work with you to ensure your continued comfort and health, no matter the procedure. Call us today to book your consultation!
Kerri Hill, DDS, offers a uniquely all-encompassing, patient-focused dental treatment experience in Beverly Hills. The expert behind some of Hollywood’s best smiles, Dr. Hill’s propensity for empathy and meticulous care allow her to make patients’ dreams a reality. Begin building your best smile with a comprehensive consultation at The Art of Dental Wellness.
416 N Bedford Dr Suite 409, Beverly Hills, CA 90210