Many people worry about visiting the dentist, especially if they know their teeth and gums need work. In Menifee, California, skilled dentist Homayoun Pourshirazi, DMD, and his colleagues at All Dental of Menifee offer patients sedation dentistry to ensure their comfort. With sedation, you feel no pain and stay calm and relaxed throughout your treatment. Call All Dental of Menifee today or schedule an appointment online to benefit from safe, effective sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry keeps you calm and relaxed throughout any dental work. It’s not like a general anesthetic that puts you to sleep, so it’s much safer.
With most sedatives, you stay awake during the procedure (although some can make you feel sleepy). Certain sedatives work so well that patients can’t recall the details of their treatment afterward.
Many Americans don’t visit the dentist regularly because they suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free experience to people who are afraid of the dentist.
In addition to reducing anxiety, sedation dentistry has few side effects. Sedation doesn’t cause pain, and many methods don’t use needles. It’s safe, and your dentist can get more done in a shorter time.
Sedation dentistry also offers your dentist a significant advantage: You remain unconcerned and still while they’re working on your mouth.
The most common dental sedatives that All Dental of Menifee uses are:
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a gas you breathe through a nose hood throughout your treatment. It provides mild sedation. Nitrous oxide improves your general mood and helps you feel happy and calm. It also relieves anxiety and minimizes pain during the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) drugs go directly into your bloodstream, offering moderate sedation. Afterward, patients often feel like they slept through their treatment. You might continue to feel sleepy for a while after having an IV sedative.
Oral conscious sedation is ideal for anyone who dislikes needles. Your dentist provides you with oral medication before your treatment that causes a medium state of sedation. Though oral sedatives don’t make you sleep, they usually dull your senses. That means you won’t remember any smells, noises, or pain from your procedure.
Most drugs used in oral conscious sedation are benzodiazepines, like Valium® and Ativan®. Usually, you take a dose of medication before your appointment and then top it up during the procedure.
If you have sedation dentistry, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment because the drugs can affect your ability to drive safely. If you have oral conscious sedation and take some pills at home before the procedure, get someone to drive you to your appointment as well.
Call All Dental of Menifee today or book an appointment online to learn more about stress-free dental treatment with sedation dentistry.