Many people have anxiety when it comes to the prospect of visiting the dentist. Unfortunately for some, their fear can prevent them from getting the care they need. Thankfully, with sedation dentistry at our Beverly Hills practice, cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS is able to help patients complete treatments – no matter how simple or complex – comfortably and without stress. If you have dental anxiety, and are interested in sedation dentistry, we can help!
For more information on sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kosdon today.
What are your sedation dentistry options?
Sedation dentistry, also referred to as “sleep dentistry,” can be an ideal option for patients who suffer from mild to severe forms of dental phobia and anxiety. Dr. Kosdon offers a number of sedation dentistry techniques that can help you attain the dental care you need in a more relaxed and comfortable state. These options include:
Oral Conscious Sedation
If oral conscious sedation is the right option for you, you will be given a pill that is taken prior to your treatment as directed. The pill can cause drowsiness, so you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive, you will start to feel a deep relaxation, and Dr. Kosdon will be able to begin treatment. During the procedure, you will be conscious and able to communicate with our dental team; however, you will feel so relaxed that you should not feel any discomfort – in fact, you may not even remember the procedure taking place after it’s finished. A member of our staff will be monitoring you during the entire treatment to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Often referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has been utilized in dental procedures for decades. The gas is breathed in through the nose and you should begin to feel calmer and more relaxed within 30 seconds. This technique is not designed to render you unconscious; however, you may drift off into a light sleep while under its effects. Nitrous oxide typically does not cause any side effects, and it should wear off almost immediately after treatment is complete.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation can often be helpful for patients who have severe levels of dental anxiety and for more complex procedures that take longer to complete. This technique will typically put you in an unconscious state and render you asleep throughout the treatment. An experienced anesthesiologist will be present and will monitor your vital signs during the procedure. You will likely feel groggy after treatment and require some time to become fully alert, so you will need someone to take you home from your appointment and stay with you for awhile once you are there.
Which sedation dentistry option is right for me?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Kosdon will talk with you about your sedation dentistry options and help you determine which technique may be best for your level of anxiety and your unique needs.
With the many sedation dentistry options available at our practice, you can face your dental fears and experience a more relaxed – even pleasant – treatment!