Santa Monica Dentist Gives You Information About Sedation And Comfort Dentistry

by Dr. Follette | Date Published: 2016-11-29

Sedation dentistry techniques and technologies have come a long way over the years. Modern sedation dentistry is exceptionally effective and patient-friendly. Relaxation dentistry now helps more dental patients than ever before, and that means happy and healthy smiles for more people.

If you have been wanting to learn more about sedation treatments, our Santa Monica dentist is here to help. Keep reading to get the information you need!

Sedation treatments, in general, are designed to help the user feel calm and worry-free in the dentist’s chair. There are different types of sedation available for various applications and types of patients.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is one sedation option that delivers effective results quickly. The patient breathes in nitrous oxide through a small face mask, and after just a few seconds starts to feel the effects. Nitrous oxide will make you feel peaceful, and maybe even a little loopy or giggly! Nitrous oxide dissipates naturally in the body, and wears off in a short period of time.

Oral conscious sedation is another relaxation treatment that is only becoming more popular among dental patients of all kinds. Oral conscious sedation involves the patient taking a small sedative pill about an hour before the patient’s appointment is scheduled to begin. You’ll take the dentist-prescribed pill at home, before you even set foot in the dentist’s office. As the name suggests, you’ll never be unconscious during treatment—you’ll be able to respond to our dental team at all times. However, because oral conscious sedation has amnesic effects, you likely won’t remember any of the treatment process once it’s over.

If you think that sedation dentistry may be able to help you, our Santa Monica sedation dentists are here to provide you with the information and guidance that you need to make a decision. Give our office a call to get started!