How Does Dental Sedation Work?

0419An estimated 75% of the adult population experiences dental fear to some degree. It is no wonder, then, that dental sedation has become so common. Our North Hollywood dentist treats patients with fears ranging from mild to severe. The type and amount of sedation we use depends on the degree of fear a patient experiences.

Inhaled Sedation
Nitrous-oxide is provided through a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas helps you to relax, and is effective in treating mild cases of dental fear.

Oral Sedation
Oral medications, such as valium, can be prescribed to treat mild to moderate cases of dental fear. The medication is taken about an hour before the procedure, and makes the patient drowsy. The patient will normally remain awake during the procedure, but depending on the dose given, may become quite groggy, and may not remember the procedure afterwards.

IV Sedation and General Anesthesia
Sedation given intravenously can treat moderate to severe cases of dental fear. This form takes effect quickly, and provides the dentist with control over the precise dose, allowing for adjustments as needed. Depending on the dose used, the patient can range from being awake but relaxed to being asleep. With general anesthesia, the patient is normally completely unconscious during the procedure.

Our sedation dentist in North Hollywood can put even the most fearful patients at ease. If you have been avoiding the dentist because of extreme fear, contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss how we can help.

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