The days of stressful or painful dental treatments are in the past. Modern sedation dentistry treatments make it easier than ever before for people to get the dental care that they need and get on with their lives. Our Glendale dentists make it a point to offer a number of sedation options in our office so that we can match the treatment to the patient.
The goal of sedation treatment is to help the patient stay relaxed and comfortable throughout their time in the dentist’s chair.
Nitrous oxide—commonly called laughing gas—does this by entering the patient’s airway and making the patient feel at peace, and sometimes even a little giggly. In order to use nitrous oxide treatment, all you have to do is breathe in deeply from a mask that our dentist places over your mouth and nose. The effects of nitrous oxide are almost immediate, and they will wear off naturally shortly after treatment is complete.
Oral conscious sedation is another popular sedation option for patients who suffer from dental anxiety, as well as patients who are undergoing extensive dental treatments. This treatment works by way of a small pill. About an hour to thirty minutes before you come in for treatment, you’ll take dentist-prescribed sedative to put you at ease. You’ll feel calm and comfortable before you even sit down in the dentist’s chair. The effects of oral conscious sedation wear off on their own after treatment, but keep in mind that you will need to have someone drive you to and from our office as you will be under the effects of the medication.
These are two of the most popular sedation treatments that our Glendale dentists use to help people get the dental care they need. If you want to learn more about how sedation works, or the differences between various treatments, place reach out to our dental team by phone or through our website!