Worried about pain and discomfort which kept you from visiting the dentist? Sedation dentistry can help you access the oral treatment that you need.
Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for certain people receiving dental treatment. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia.
According to to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), 30% of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. This common dental phobia prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.
With sedation dentistry you can be calm, comfortable or even asleep through the entire procedure! Vanila Choudhry D.D.S. has advanced training to help with your anxiety, by administering medications to make you feel more comfortable.
Sedation is commonly done for patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental procedure, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes.
There are different types of sedation to calm a patient, including:
- Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”
- IV sedation
- Oral sedatives
- General anesthetic
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sleep dentistry can benefits anyone who:
- Suffers from fear of the dentist or dental anxiety
- Has had a past dental trauma
- Suffers from Parkinson’s or other neurological disorders that make staying still difficult
- Teeth sensitivity
- Needs extensive dental work done, with a limited time
- Has trouble getting numb
- Has gag reflux
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is the administration of anesthetic medications intravenously. The procedure puts you in a comfortable, conscious (semi-awake) state of reduced anxiety. You, the patient will have little or no memory of the dental procedure that was performed. Through conscious sedation, you are placed in an amnesic state from the medications used to administer sedation. During IV sedation, you are able to respond to verbal commands and sometimes to a light physical touch.
What Can You Expect
Because you will be administered sedative medications, you will not be able to drive. You will need to have transportation to and from your appointment.
During sedation, you will be closely and continuously monitored by Dr. Choudhry and her staff members, using electronic equipment that shows blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels and your heart function on an EKG monitor. After the procedure, you will be released to go home, when Dr. Choudhry feels that it is safe to leave. You and your designated driver will receive post-treatment and home care instructions.
Get a Painless Treatment
The American Dental Association endorses sedation as an effective method to make a lot of patients comfortable during their dental treatments. Here at Guru Dentistry of Irvine we offer sedation & anesthetics to all our dental patients. Contact us for a painless dental treatment in Irvine.
If you are interested in our Sedation Dentistry services,
call our Irvine, CA dental office at (714) 557-7744 for more information!