At Serene Dental, we understand that a trip to the dentist’s office can cause many people to feel anxious and nervous. That’s why we are happy to offer sedation dentistry in Irvine to help those patients who experience dental anxiety relax. We strive to provide the most gentle, stress-free dental care in Irvine, CA.
There are three main ways that dental sedatives can be administered. The first and most common type of dental sedation is a nitrous oxide sedation, which is a gas breathed in through a nose mask. Another common method is intravenous (IV) sedation, which is administered through an IV drip and very quickly puts the patient to sleep. The other method that is sometimes employed is oral sedation, which requires the patient to take doses of oral sedatives before the dental appointment.
Dental sedation affects everyone differently. Some patients enter a deep dream-like state of relaxation, in which they can still respond to verbal cues from the dentist, while others fall into a deep sleep. Either way, local anesthetic will still be administered to numb your teeth and mouth, so you won’t feel a thing. Your required dental treatment will be very comfortable and anxiety-free, and you will have little to no recollection of the entire experience when you walk out of our Irvine office.
All the dental sedatives we use are completely safe, and all our patients are pre-screened to make sure they can tolerate the medication problem-free and to help choose the best sedative option for them. Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry used, you must attend your dental appointment with an escort who can help get you home after the treatment. Under no circumstances can you drive after being sedated.
The most common candidates for sedation dentistry are people who suffer from a high level of dental anxiety, so much so that they may put off trips to the dentist because they don’t want to set foot in the office. Dental sedation can help such patients feel at ease with the knowledge that they will be sedated for the duration of their dental procedure. That way, they can receive the dental care they need when they need it.
People who have special needs are also often administered sedatives to provide them with safer, more comfortable dental treatments. For example, patients who have particularly sensitive teeth or sensitive gag reflexes can benefit from dental sedation. Patients who have other medical conditions that make dental treatment more difficult are also good candidates for sedation dentistry.
The third group of patients who may be treated using sedation dentistry is people who need to undergo one or several lengthy dental procedures. Examples of longer procedures that we might recommend dental sedation for are root canals and dental implant restoration. Even if you don’t have anxiety about treatments such as these, being sedated ensures that you remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole process.
Don’t put off a visit to the dentist any longer because of dental anxiety or special needs. Our dentists are here to help make your next trip to the dentist’s office comfortable and stress-free using the most advanced sedation dentistry techniques. Our team is available to answer any questions you have, discuss your concerns and options, and help you choose the best dental sedation treatment for you.