Even preventive dental care, like checkups and cleanings, can cause fear if you have dental anxiety or sensitive teeth and gums. Dental phobias include the fear of needles or dental tools or just generalized nervousness about being in the office or sitting in the waiting room.
Fortunately, sedation dentistry is a safe and effective solution for dental anxiety and phobias. It’s also available for people with sensitivity to pain, a sensitive gag reflex, and for more invasive procedures like oral surgery or dental implants. Sedation dentistry can also help children and adults with special needs feel more comfortable.
At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, our prosthodontist Dr. Ramin Mahallati and our team offer sedation dentistry services in Beverly Hills, California.
There are several types of sedation dentistry, ranging from nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) to oral medication and general anesthesia.
While sedation dentistry is safe for most people, risk factors depend on underlying health problems, are taking medication, and the type of procedure. General anesthesia and deep sedation are safe when administered by a trained and licensed medical professional.
If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist, even for a simple dental exam and cleaning, the first step is to give us a call. Before your procedure, Dr. Mahallati and our team will answer all of your questions and concerns and make recommendations based on your needs and the dental procedure.
We’ll review every step of the process and make sure you understand what to expect. With dental phobias and anxiety, making the call and taking the first step is usually the hardest part! Our team members are sensitive and trained to handle the needs of our anxious patients.
The following types of sedation dentistry range from mild to deep sedation:
This is mild sedation. You’ll be awake but feel relaxed and comfortable during your dental procedure. Laughing gas is even safe for most children.
This type of sedation is usually administered as a pill, so it’s perfect if you’re one of the many people who don’t like needles! It’s a moderate form of sedation, so you’ll be conscious but may not remember all or parts of your procedure.
While you’re not fully unconscious, you’ll experience the semi-conscious state known as “twilight sleep.” IV sedation is administered by an anesthesiologist at our office.
You’ll be fully unconscious, just like with general surgery. General anesthesia is also administered by an anesthesiologist.
Fear and anxiety should never prevent you from getting the dental care you need. Putting off treatment usually makes the problem worse and can require more expensive and invasive treatment in the future and jeopardize your oral health.
For more information about sedation dentistry and which type is right for you, contact the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment at our office in Beverly Hills.