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What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sometimes during certain dental procedures, it’s best for the patient to receive sedation. Sedation puts the patient in a relaxed state so that the patient will feel calm and the dentist can work uninterrupted. Sedation dentistry is used for procedures like surgical and non-surgical extractions, root canals, implant placement, and more.
What Types of Sedation are Used?
Depending on the type of dental procedure you’re getting, your doctor may recommend different types of sedation to put you at ease. It’s best to learn about what type your dentist recommends to make sure that there are no concerns. Here are some of the most common types of sedation used in dentistry.
General anesthesia is used to put patients to sleep before a procedure like a surgical tooth extraction. This minimizes pain, and you’ll remember none of the procedure. The drugs used in general anesthesia are usually administered intravenously. General anesthesia takes a while to wear off, so if your dentist recommends this type of anesthesia, you’ll need to spend awhile recovering in your dentist’s office, and you’ll also need someone to give you a ride home after the procedure is finished.
Twilight anesthesia usually uses the same drugs that general anesthesia uses, but at lower doses. This puts the patient in a state of extreme relaxation without putting them to sleep fully. When you’re under twilight anesthesia, you’ll still be able to respond to your dentist, but you’ll feel no pain and likely won’t remember much of the procedure. As with general anesthesia, you should not drive a car while you recover from twilight anesthesia.
Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is used to relax patients and help them feel more at ease in the dentist’s chair. It’s mixed with oxygen and administered through a special mask. When you breathe in laughing gas, you will instantly start to feel calmer, and will likely feel an overall sense of wellbeing. Your body may feel a little tingly, numb, or lightheaded, but as soon as you stop breathing in the gas, these feelings will disappear, which means you can get right back to your day-to-day life. Laughing gas is a great option if you need help relaxing during a normal exam or during a procedure like a filling or a root canal.
Sedation Dentistry at Brentwood Dental Spa
Finding a sedation dentist in Los Angeles can be tricky, as the dental office must have someone on their team who is certified in administering anesthesia. Brentwood Dental Spa is one of the top sedation dentists in the Brentwood, CA area. We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes be stressful, so we offer many options to make you feel more at ease. You should never have to put off seeing the dentist due to fear or anxiety. If you want a totally relaxing dentist experience, call us to learn more about the services we offer or contact us to make an appointment today.
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