Customizable Dental Sedation Options
Even the most advanced dental technology and innovative techniques can’t help your smile if you’re too anxious or nervous to visit the dentist regularly. For patients with varying degrees of dental phobia, that anxiety is the biggest hindrance to their dental care, and can cause them to experience severe dental health issues that could have otherwise been avoided. To help patients overcome their fears and receive the care they need, we offer a full range of dental sedation options at our North Hollywood dentist’s office, each of which can be tailored to meet every patient’s unique needs.
Choosing the Right Option
Aside from alleviating dental fears, patients can also benefit from dental sedation if they require extensive reconstructive dentistry, or if they must undergo oral surgery. In addition to local anesthesia to numb sensation, sedation can help you remain calm and relaxed in the chair for longer, allowing your oral health expert to complete your treatment faster and with more accurate results. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, we can help you choose the most effective sedation option, such as:
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gaseous sedative that you inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. It’s administered through a small, comfortable mask that you wear over your nose, and its effects are mild and nearly immediate. Because you immediately exhale the gas, its effects also dissipate also immediately after you remove the mask.
- Oral Conscious Sedation – Oral conscious sedation is a liquid or pill medication that you can take the morning before your treatment. It produces a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide, though you still remain fully conscious and responsive throughout your treatment. For more potent calming effects, you may also take a dose the night before your procedure is scheduled.
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation – IV sedation is the most potent form of dental sedation and is administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip. Typically reserved for severe cases of dental phobia or complex treatments and procedures, IV sedation places you in an unconscious state. Therefore, it must be administered by a trained anesthesiologist, as well as a skilled physician such as Dr. Rahi.
Can You Benefit from Dental Sedation?
With the ability to help patients relax and sit comfortably for longer periods of time, sedation can help make anyone’s experience at the dentist’s office much more comfortable and pleasant. To find out if sedation can improve your dental experience, too, schedule a consultation with your North Hollywood, CA, dentist by calling Modern Smiles today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.