Are you one of the many people who experience fear just thinking about a dental visit? Dental anxiety is very common. It’s estimated that nearly 40 million people in the US put off treatment because they’re so fearful. However, there’s no need to suffer and go without care you need. The Manhattan Beach Sedation Dentist offers options for providing a safe, anxiety-free dental experience for those who are afraid of the dentist.

Many sedatives used in sedation dentistry can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety and no pain. This is referred to as oral sedation. Some sedatives work so effectively that lots of patients don’t even recall the details of the procedure afterward. Your comfort and well being are of great importance to us, so safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatment.

Types of Sedation Available

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate, and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs.

Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is used as a mild sedative and delivered through a nose hood. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood, evokes a general sense of well-being, relieves anxiety, and reduces pain during the procedure

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation and is generally used for shorter treatments.  It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Patients may feel groggy afterwards, so it is important to bring a designated driver.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment to induce a state of moderate sedation. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure. A dose of medication should be taken prior to the appointment, then topped up as necessary during the procedure.

What types of drugs are used in oral conscious sedation?

There are a number of sedatives that are commonly used in sedation dentistry. Different medications produce different results. Most all of them have amnesic properties, which simply means you will have little or no memory of the procedure afterwards. Some are longer acting so they are good for lengthy, complex procedures. Others don’t last as long, and these are good for shorter procedures. You will still need a designated driver, but the effects don’t last as long. Some are particularly good for anxiety, making it easier for you to get to our sedation dentist office in a calm state.

If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please contact the Manhattan Beach Sedation Dentist, and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Dr. Erick Gutierrez

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