It is very common for people to avoid dental treatment due to feelings of fear or anxiety. Some people also associate dental treatments and procedures with high levels of discomfort or pain. In order to provide the most effective treatment possible, we offer our patients sedation dentistry. Dental sedation is designed to reduce a patient’s feelings of fear and anxiety and to prevent them from feeling pain and discomfort as treatment is provided.
Sedation may be provided for anything from routine dental procedures and cleanings to oral surgery. While most treatments do not require any type of sedation, the option is always available for patients who can benefit from it. Whenever dental sedation is provided, the process is monitored very closely to ensure that the patient is kept safe throughout the entire process. Most patients who receive dental sedation find that it does an outstanding job of helping them feel comfortable and relaxed while work is being done.
At Breathe Well Center, we can provide oral sedation, local anesthesia, laughing gas, IV sedation and general anesthesia.
Oral sedation is provided by having the patient consume a pill shortly before treatment begins. The medicine that is provided is designed to help the patient remain calm and relaxed during treatment. While the patient will still be relatively aware of their surroundings, they will feel a strong sense of comfort and relaxation. Afterward, it will take the medicine a few hours to wear off entirely. The patient should have no negative recollection of the treatment.
A local anesthetic is used strictly for the purpose of managing pain during a procedure. This type of medicine is applied directly to the site of treatment in order to numb the area. By doing this, the patient will experience less pain as treatment is being provided. The patient will then regain feeling in the area shortly after treatment is complete. It is important to remember that a local anesthetic is for managing pain only, and this type of sedation is not designed to reduce a patient’s mental anxiety or fear in any way; however, some patients take comfort in simply knowing that a local anesthetic will reduce any pain that they may experience.
Laughing gas refers to a special vapor that is inhaled by the patient. The gas is administered by having the patient wear a mask over their nose and then instructing them to breathe in through their nose until the substance takes effect. Any feelings of anxiety or fear that the patient had been experiencing should then very quickly disappear; however, they may experience feelings of goofiness and euphoria during this time. The patient should still be fully aware of their surroundings. Laughing gas is known for being incredibly safe, and the effects disappear very quickly. For those reasons, laughing gas is great for helping patients reduce their fear or anxiety during dental treatment.
IV sedation is a type of medicine that is provided intravenously. This route of administration allows the medicine to go into effect very quickly for the patient. The level of sedation can then be continuously adjusted for the patient based on their needs. IV sedation is very powerful, and it’s possible that the patient may no longer be aware of their surroundings while the medicine is being provided. This makes IV sedation suitable for some of the more intricate dental treatments and procedures. But once our experts stop providing the patient with medicine, they should return to normal very quickly.
General anesthesia is designed to render a patient entirely unconscious during treatment. This type of sedation is reserved exclusively for the most serious dental treatments and oral surgeries. The patient will be completely unaware of any treatment that is being provided. Following treatment, it will take the patient a few hours to return to normal. They will then have no recollection of the treatment that they received.
Dental sedation can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed while treatment is being provided. You may call us at (888) 887-7076 for our Huntington Beach location and at (888) 887-7076 for our Beverly Hills location.