Does the thought of going to the dentist make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist’s office? You’re not alone! There are millions of Americans avoiding the dentist because of fear, it is perfectly normal to be nervous when going to the dentist. For the people who are afraid of the dentist. There are many options to help you through your dental visit, including sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a very safe method whereby pills are used to help you achieve a completely relaxed and comfortable state to receive your dental work. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear. Wondering if sedation dentistry is right for you? We will be happy to explain the details and benefits of sedation dentistry.
Common Questions Regarding Sedation Dentistry
How would I feel after sedation?
You will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member drive you home and stay with you for a few hours.
Is sedation dentistry safe for me?
Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Before starting any treatment, we review your medical history completely to determine if you are a candidate.
Will I be totally relaxed?
That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Additional nitrous can be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of euphoria. At the conclusion of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help ‘snap’ you out of your sedated state.
Will I remember anything?
At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little and vivid memory of the dental procedure.
Will I feel any pain?
Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterward.
Will my insurance cover this treatment?
We will review your insurance coverage, then, if necessary, make financial arrangements to ensure you get the dental care you need.
Dr. Kohan is a DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) certified and UCLA re-certified sedation dentist. Patients with increased anxiety, nervousness, or those who need a significant amount of work are candidates for oral sedation. Administration of pills under close supervision is clinically extremely safe and allows for extensive treatment to be performed in a single appointment.