Sedation DentistryDental anxiety is a common problem that can cause sufferers to postpone treatment they need with potentially disastrous results for their health. With sedation dentistry, anxious patients can get treated without discomfort. Sedation can also help patients with developmental disorders, gagging problems, and neuromuscular disorders receive treatment with ease. Our West Hollywood sedation dentistry expert offers multiple forms of sedation and may recommend particular options depending on candidacy and the type of treatment involved.
Sedation dentistry is available in a number of levels and types. In terms of strength, dental sedation can be divided into minimal, moderate, and deep sedation as well as general anesthesia. Minimal sedation is often in the form of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has minimal side effects and has mild anesthetic properties. Moderate sedation can be accomplished with oral or IV sedatives that patients receive before their treatment. Deep sedation from our expert in sedation dentistry in West Hollywood may be achieved with oral sedatives, IV sedatives, or a combination and can prevent patients from being fully conscious during treatment or remembering the experience afterwards. Finally, general anesthesia is commonly used for dental surgery and renders patients totally unconscious, or virtually asleep, for the entirety of treatment.
Sedation Dentistry West Hollywood
Ideal candidates for sedation at our WeHo Dentist Office are children or adults with low pain thresholds or severe anxiety about treatment. Individuals whose teeth are very sensitive or who suffer gagging during dental procedures can also benefit from sedation. In cases where a long, involved procedure is required, our West Hollywood sedation dentistry expert may recommend sedation to make treatment more tolerable. Eligibility for different forms of sedation is dependent on medical history and current health and is determined by our dentist for each individual.
Although deep sedation may be unsuitable for patients with certain conditions, such as sleep apnea or obesity, mild sedation is an option for most patients. During any procedure, patients are given local anesthesia by our expert in sedation dentistry in West Hollywood to prevent them from feeling pain during treatment. A consultation with our West Hollywood dentist can be scheduled to learn more about our sedation options and eligibility criteria.