If you have severe anxiety about going to the dentist or having any kind of procedure on your teeth, sedation dentistry might be a great solution for you. Donna Klauser, DDS, and the team at Arcadia Perio Care in Arcadia, California, work with top-tier anesthesiologists to provide patients with a relaxing experience. Sedation dentistry includes medication to help with anxiety that may arise before the procedure. Call Arcadia Perio Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sedation dentistry and if it can help you.
Sedation dentistry uses levels of sedation to help the doctor complete the necessary procedure while keeping you comfortable. There are a few varieties of sedation used depending on the procedure and the nature of your anxiety or phobia. Procedures can range from a checkup or cleaning to a root canal. Sedation can be used if you have a low pain threshold, severe anxiety, sensitive teeth, or have a bad gag reflex.
This sedation level is the option that affects you the least. It involves nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. With this sedation level, a mask is placed over your nose to help you relax and be comfortable during your procedure.
The doctor decides how much to administer and it wears off quickly, so much so that you should be able to drive home after this type of sedation.
This type of sedation can range from taking a pill, like Halcion®, and can be taken about an hour before a procedure. This might cause you to fall asleep during the procedure but you can be awakened with a gentle shake. With this level of sedation, it’s important to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
Your provider makes sure their patients feel relaxed and safe in the office. They work closely with a top anesthesiologist to perform anything from routine dental work to procedures.
Yes, there are sedation options for kids during their dental visits. This can help especially with younger kids who might not feel comfortable with a dental procedure. The inhaled sedation is a great option and generally safe for kids.
Sedation is safe, but there are risks to any procedure. It’s important to talk about your medical history with your doctor before your procedure. Your provider discusses the pros and cons of sedation dentistry with you and helps you decide if it’s right for you. Your vital signs are closely monitored during any procedure. Your health and safety are the utmost priority at Arcadia Perio Care.
Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about sedation dentistry and if it’s the right option for you and your health.