A patient is said to be suffering from dental anxiety if the thought of going to the dentist for even a routine procedure is enough to fill them with dread. These patients may be so adverse to dental work that they avoid going to the dentist at all. For patients that suffer from this sort of anxiety, sedation dentistry is a good option.
There are four levels of sedation, ranging from minimal sedation to general anesthesia. The level that is administered usually corresponds to the level of invasiveness of the procedure that is being done. Minimal sedation is the first level of sedation, and this is usually given to the patient by our Beverly Hills dentists in the form of nitrous oxide gas. At this level, the patient will still be awake, but will be in a relaxed state. Moderate sedation is typically given to the patient either orally or intravenously. The patient is usually still awake under moderate sedation, but it is unlikely they will remember much from the procedure. Deep sedation is the third level, and this amount will put the patient on the brink of consciousness. General anesthesia is the last level, and patients are completely unconscious at this point. Special certification is required in order to be able to administer deep sedation or general anesthesia.
If you have not been to the dentist in a while because you suffer from dental anxiety, contact our expert in sedation dentistry in Beverly Hills to set up an appointment.