If you dread going to the dentist because you fear the pain, there is no need to worry. Nowadays, sedation dentistry has evolved so much, that we guarantee you will be extremely comfortable and there will be no pain involved while getting the treatment you need in our dental office serving patients in Newport Beach.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry represents the procedure that creates a relaxed and comfortable state while the patient receives dental treatments. It is induced through the utilization of sedatives.
Since you can have longer appointments without extreme discomfort, complex procedures like smile makeovers and broad restoring procedures, which usually have to be done in several visits, can be performed in fewer appointments.
How often should you undergo routine care in our dental office?
Generally, it is recommended to see our experienced dentist every six months. Sometimes, though, he will recommend patients to receive more frequent cleanings and routine care.
It could be necessary to see our dentist in Newport Beach more often than every six months if:
- In case he or she suffers from diabetes
- If the patient has a weak immune system
- The patient suffers from current gum disease
- The patient has the tendency to develop numerous cavities and to build up plaque
- If he or she smokes
Types of Sedation Dentistry
- Inhaled Sedation: the patient inhales nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, in combination with oxygen through a mask which is put on the patient’s nose. The gas will enable the patient to relax. The dentist is able to control how much sedation the patient gets. It is the only form of dental sedation which allows the patient to drive home after having it administered, as it wears off quickly.
- Oral Sedation: can be minimal or moderate. For a minimal sedation, the dentist will dive the patient a pill, which generally consists of Halcion. It is administered around one hour before the dental treatment. For a moderate sedation, a larger dose will be taken by the patient. This is the most used type of anesthesia in sedation dentistry.
- IV Sedation: a sedative is administered through the vein, so that its effects are felt more quickly. This type of sedation enables the dentist to permanently adjust the sedation level.
- General Anesthesia Sedation: the patient receives medications which will make him or her partially or entirely unconscious during the dental treatment. While under such a sedation, the patient cannot be brought back to a conscious state until the effects of the anesthesia go away or are reversed by certain medications.
Who should benefit from sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is recommended for patients who:
- Fear dental treatments
- Resist the local anesthetic
- Have an anxiety condition
- Have had bad experiences with dental procedures in the past
- Present extremely sensitive oral nerves
- Have a small oral cavity which becomes painful after dental treatments
If you have any of these issues, ask our experienced dentist about the sedation dentistry. It can assist patients to undergo a wide variety of dental treatments, like tooth extractions or root canal treatments. Sedation dentistry, though, is not advisable for usual dental cleanings, routine care or X-rays. The patients who suffer from extreme anxiety conditions, however, can choose this type of sedation for these treatments. In case you need to know further information about sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, we invite you to get in touch with our friendly and capable staff in Newport Beach.