Sedation Dentistry 101: What You Need to Know

Being recommended for sedation dentistry may not be what you hope to hear while visiting your dentist. However, if you need a more extensive procedure or something to calm your nerves before a standard appointment, it can be one of the most beneficial treatment options. In this article, we will look at the types of sedation available, whether you are a good candidate, and what you can expect when preparing to embark on a more comfortable and convenient way to visit the dentist.


What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a type of treatment offered to individuals who are anxious or fearful of visiting the dentist. It is also commonly used to ensure a more comfortable experience for those undergoing multiple dental procedures.

The three most common types of sedation include nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation.

What Sedation Dentistry Feels Like

One of the most frequent questions dentists receive is “What will it feel like?” In general, patients receiving sedation dentistry of any kind can expect to feel relaxed and calm; however, each method of treatment offers different experiences. For example:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” this mild sedation option is inhaled through a nasal mask and immediately begins to take effect. Deep relaxation and comfort occur with many patients feeling somewhat lightheaded. Once the gas is turned off, the effects will immediately begin to dissipate.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: Prescribed by a sedation dentist in Beverly Hills, this pill is taken before an appointment and can take half an hour or more to take effect. Patients need to have a family member or friend escort them to and from the dentist’s office, as it will take time to wear off. Once taken, individuals can expect to feel deeply relaxed and as if their body is heavy. Grogginess will likely occur once the procedure is complete.
  • IV Sedation: Using a needle that is inserted into the bend of the elbow or hand, the sedative is administered by an anesthesiologist. Patients will quickly begin to feel the effects, which may include a sleep-like state. It is unlikely a person will remember much, if anything, from their appointment.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

A consultation with a dentist is necessary to determine if a person is qualified to receive sedation dentistry. Because some medications can have a negative interaction with nitrous oxide, oral conscious, or IV sedation, it is necessary for a person to provide medical history and any current prescriptions or medicines.

If an individual suffers from any of the following, there is a good chance they’ll be eligible for sedation dentistry:

  • Mild, moderate, or severe dental anxiety
  • Past trauma from previous dentist’s office
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Unable to sit still for extended periods
  • Fear of needles

Don’t let your next dental visit leave you paralyzed with fear. Inquire about sedation dentistry and get the oral healthcare you need for a properly maintained, beautiful smile.

About the Author
Dr. Jason Kboudi has more than 22 years of experience in dentistry and understands the struggles and fears many patients face when preparing for an appointment. Offering nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation, he and our team at Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry want to provide a more comfortable and relaxing experience for everyone. If you are fearful of visiting the dentist or need multiple, extensive dental procedures, visit our website or call (310) 561-1747.

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