Dental fears are common even in the age of lasers, ultrasound, and pain-free procedures. Most of these fears do not occur in a vacuum, but date to a traumatic experience in childhood or are related to mental illness. For these patients who would rather die than see a dentist for anything short of incapacitating pain, sedation dentistry can mean the difference between that avoidable result, and getting the regular care you need.
Sedation dentistry involves either ingestion of nitrous oxide or a mild sedative, or receiving medicine intravenously. Which one is used can depend on your level of anxiety, physical characteristics, or type of procedure. In extreme cases, the patient may request sedation for something as simple as a cleaning, which our Los Angeles dentists can accommodate at their discretion.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it’s been known for decades, merely takes the edge off the patient and allows them to feel safer in the chair. Taking a pill, typically from the Valium family, will relieve even more layers of anxiety and induce extreme drowsiness depending on the dosage. Intravenous medication, the flow of which is carefully controlled by the doctor, may be used for the most serious cases, or for a patient with special needs.
Ask our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles if these practices are right for you.