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Sedation Dentistry/Twilight Sleep in Lakewood, CA

Sedation Dentist Lakewood CA

A dental visit is something that many Americans are scared off. Till date, many surveys have shown that a considerable amount of total population in the United States skip dental visits because of the fear of dental treatment. The nature of fear in each person may be different from that of the other. While some people fear the needles used to numb the oral cavity, others are scared of the sound of the dental drill. Though the technology has advanced to match the comfort level of patients, the fear of dental care still exists. To help patients manage the fear of the treatment and to ensure that they receive the necessary dental care they require, sedation techniques have been introduced. Our dentist in Lakewood, CA is one of the professional who offers sedatives based on the needs of the patient. Our sedation methods are completely safe and effective in ensuring that patients receive dental care in the most relaxed manner. If you are scared of dental treatment, come express your concerns at our dental office. Our dentist recommends the most suitable sedation options for your needs.

How are sedatives recommended?

Sedatives are recommended based on the anxiety level of patients. The length of the procedure too can be a factor when choosing a particular type of sedative. There is a questionnaire before the treatment during which our dentist makes a note of the medical conditions of the patient. Our dentist may ask if patients are allergic to any particular medicine or drug. After thoroughly examining the needs of the patient, our dentist recommends a particular type of sedative.

Types of sedation

Sedation dentistry is also called twilight sleep because the patients, while do not fall asleep during the process, are in a semi-conscious state where they can normally respond to verbal commands. Our team instructs patients on pre-treatment and post-treatment care. Pulse rate, blood pressure level and respiration are continuously monitored during the treatment.

Mild sedation

Under this sedation method patients are in a relaxed state of mind. Sedatives like nitrous oxide can be used for this purpose. When inhaled along with oxygen, the gas puts patients in a euphoric state. Patients are completely conscious and can respond to verbal commands. The effect of the sedative can be quickly reversed and recovery time is less. This sedative is recommended when patients are not very anxious about the procedure but slight discomfort exists.

Moderate sedation

Moderate sedation is recommended when patients are anxious about the dental procedure. Oral sedatives and IV sedation can be used for this purpose. Patients are in a completely relaxed state when under the influence of moderate sedative. They may not be able to respond to verbal commands spontaneously. They are guided on pre-treatment and post-treatment care. Our dentist recommends that patients should be escorted to office and back home after the dental procedure. They should not operate any kind of machinery for about 8 hours after the treatment.

Deep sedation

Deep sedation is recommended to those patients who are highly anxious about the dental procedure. He/she may not want to remember anything about the procedure. IV sedation can be used for this purpose. Under this type of sedation, the sedative is directly administered into the veins. The process is reversible. Patients may take about 8 hours to recover. Same as in mild sedation, they may have to be brought to the office and taken back home by a caretaker.

Most frequently asked questions on sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is necessary if you have dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire dental procedure, but you will feel relaxed and calm and likely won't remember much about your treatment. Perhaps the greatest benefit of sedation dentistry is getting that sorely-needed tooth problem taken care of.

Oral Sedation is the prescription sedatives which can be provided in doses appropriate to the procedure and patient's needs. This reduces patient's consciousness.

Nitrous oxide is used as inhalation sedation commonly referred to as laughing gas or happy gas is an odorless, colorless gas, with little to no risk of irritation. The effects disappear within about 5 minutes after discontinuation of the gas supply.

There are no effects of sedation. Patients may feel tired and sleepy after the dental procedure, but the effect of sedation will disappear in few hours. Though patients remain conscious during the procedure, many patients do not remember about the procedure.

Patients at our dental office in Lakewood CA, get benefitted from sedation dentistry for many procedures including regular dental checkup and root canals. Sedation does not cause any effect on the procedure, however it is a method which can bring down the level of anxiety associated with the procedure. Discuss your options with Dr. Noor to know if sedation dentistry is right for you.

Yes! many patients do great without sedation too. The main intention of sedation dentistry is to bring down the nervousness and make the dental procedure more comfortable one.