Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety

Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a common condition that affects millions of people every year. There are a number of things that can lead to dental anxiety, including fear of pain, fear of discomfort, embarrassment, and fear of the unknown.

Sedation dentistry is available for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. It can be especially beneficial when a patient is apprehensive about undergoing multiple dental procedures in a single visit. Dr. Park offers sedation dentistry (also known as “sleep dentistry”) for both new and existing patients. With a sedative, patients are able to undergo a long or complex procedure without feeling any pain or anxiety.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a safe and effective way to manage stress and anxiety. The medications that your dentist prescribes to you will help to relax you and keep you calm throughout your dental appointment. The medication will be administered before your dental appointment, so you’ll already feel calmer by the time you sit in the dental chair.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia numbs a small area of the mouth. This is most commonly administered in preparation for a dental procedure. Local anesthesia is typically used in conjunction with other sedation dentistry techniques.

Inhaled Sedation

Oral sedatives come in the form of pills or liquid. Patients take them about an hour before the appointment. The sedatives work by relaxing the patient’s muscles and allowing them to become fully sedated. The patient should arrange transportation to and from the appointment.

Intravenous Sedation

If you experience anxiety or dental phobia, IV sedation dentistry may be the right option for you. Intravenous sedation is a moderate form of sedation. You’ll still be aware of your surroundings, but you’ll feel very calm and relaxed.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a stronger sedative that puts you completely to sleep during dental treatment. It is delivered through a breathing mask, allowing you to inhale the sedative medication and exhale oxygen. Most people have no memory of the procedure afterward.

When general anesthesia is used, we work closely with an anesthesiologist, who monitors your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels. You will receive the same preoperative instructions as with other methods.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. Sedation dentistry is very safe when performed under professional supervision. Dr. Park will prescribe a medication that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The medication will help you feel calm and relaxed during your dental treatment.

To find out more about the dental services we offer at DTLA Smile, Los Angeles, CA, call (213) 688-2828 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist Los Angeles, CA at 104 West 7th St, #2 Los Angeles, CA, 90014.

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