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Sedation Dentistry

Just thinking about entering the dental office sometimes gives us anxiety to the point of turning around and getting back into our car. Some of us need a bit of help in calming our nerves to deal with the sounds and smells of the dental office.

Memories of our childhood experience with the dentist or just the fear of doctors is a very real phobia and there are times when we need a bit of help in coping with those fears.

We have seen patients who meditate during their appointments and we even have experienced patients who have gone through surgeries by putting themselves into a meditative trance. The mind is powerful and can go through immense stress.

The mind can also be a great barrier in dealing with your past experience and fears. It’s the fight or flight syndrome. We either face our fears or run from them. The dentist can be a place of calm but can be the place of terror. We understand that everyone deals with these fears differently and we offer several remedies to deal with your dental fears.

We will work together in prescribing the perfect calming techniques to get you through your dental procedures. The experience will allow you to face your future appointments with confidence and courage.

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You are now wondering what types of sedation we have to offer:

Oral sedation is a mild dose of benzodiazepine which targets fear and anxiety centers of the brain, inducing relaxation. You are able to walk into our office, sit in our dental chair and relax during your procedure. We call that the “I don’t care pill”. Patients with mild anxieties and can go through the appointment without panic find this the perfect remedy for their fears. A driver is strongly recommended.

We also have a stronger dosage of sedation medication that will actually induce drowsiness and sleep. You will definitely need to have a driver for this appointment. The medication is taken a few hours before the appointment and you will need to have someone guide you through our doors.

Drinking alcohol and taking depressants while you’re on these meds will cause your blood pressure to drop and could cause decrease your breathing. You need to breathe to keep alive during these procedures. So drinking and taking drugs is forbidden.

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is offered in our office. You will be breathing through a mask inserted into a tank of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen during your appointment. When the procedure is complete, you will be put on pure oxygen until you feel steady on your feet.

IV Sedation is the ultimate in stress-reducing options. This medication is administered through an insert intravenous drip. You will need someone to be with you and wait for you in our waiting room during these procedures. The IV sedation is used for long procedures and is only used as a last resort.

If you have any questions or need to make your appointment, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (323) 336-8478 or email us at: smiles@dentistlosangeles.com

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