Just walking into a dental office can induce anxiety for many people, we pride ourselves on making sure our patients are as comfortable and relaxed as possible. This is why we offer sedation dentistry to those looking for a pleasant dental experience. Fortunately, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist can help relax patients with sedation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide Keeps You Awake Yet Relaxed
Nitrous oxide is often referred to as laughing gas and can help patients relax when they undergo minor treatments such as dental cleanings or cosmetic work. When you have nitrous oxide, you feel very calm and sometimes even a little silly. Many patients jokingly refer to it as happy hour. We administer it through your nose, and it wears off as soon as the procedure is finished, and we deliver pure oxygen.
Oral Sedation: A Pill to Relax You
Oral sedation is simply taking a pill that will calm and relax you. It is typically for patients who need something a little stronger than nitrous oxide. This option can cause drowsiness so you will need someone to drive you home while the sedation wears off. The dosage and type of medication prescribed will depend on your individual needs and the complexity of the dental procedure.
IV Sedation: A Deeper State of Relaxation
IV Sedation is the strongest form of sedation offered. This form is commonly used for more complex or invasive dental treatments like certain oral surgery procedures. It is for patients who suffer from a strong phobia of dental visits or extreme anxiety. It is administered by IV directly into the bloodstream. While you won’t go under as you would with general anesthesia, you will enter a deep state of relaxation and may experience some amnesia. You will need someone to drive you home afterward. Patients considering any of these options for relaxation should discuss their medical history, current medications, and any other concerns with their dentist or the administering professional before the procedure.
Contact Us to Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
If you have any questions or concerns about your next dental visit, please reach out to us so that we can provide you with options to make you comfortable. To find out more about our calming options or about any of our other treatment options, or schedule a visit, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.