How Does it Work?
The Los Angeles Center for Sedation Dentistry and sedation dentist Dr. Michael Bjornbak use a variety of methods to provide relaxing, calming dental care for the nervous patient. Each method is carefully chosen based upon discussions with the patient and their needs and desires for anxiety-free dentistry.
The first level of sedation dentistry doesn’t involve drugs at all—it’s the calming atmosphere of our dental office near Van Nuys, California, and the attentive care of our team. We don’t rush our patients, taking time to listen to their concerns and answering any questions they have to reduce their anxiety. Our amenities, including music and acupressure, also help people to relax in our office.
Conscious sedation uses nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, to increase a patient’s pain threshold without reducing consciousness. It is inhaled by the patient with a mask and produces a slightly sweet smell along with a relaxed euphoria. Nitrous oxide dental sedation wears off as soon as the patient takes off the mask and it has no lingering side effects. Its time-tested safety record makes nitrous oxide dental sedation a popular choice for use on children.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a popular method for patients looking for a deeper state of relaxation. The oral sedation process is simple. An hour before the appointment, the patient will take a small pill called Triazolam. This medicine is a safe, quick-acting sedative similar to Valium. Because it causes drowsiness, the patient will need to be driven to the appointment by someone. Upon arrival, the patient is immediately conducted to a comfortable room where the patient’s vitals will be continuously monitored as the dental work is done. Depending on the amount of work being done, the sedative will wear off in two to six hours.
IV sedation dentistry has proven helpful for patients with high dental anxiety because it makes the patient forget the whole experience. This positive side-effect paves the way for future dental work because the pain of the last visit will be forgotten. The sedative given intravenously is not a narcotic designed to dull pain, but it is an anti-anxiety drug that helps the patient relax more deeply than with oral sedation. Another advantage of IV sedation dentistry is how easily the exact and perfect amount for each patient can be given. The disadvantages of IV sedation dentistry include the cost, the possibility that the IV site could become inflamed, and the need to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
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Los Angeles sedation dentist Dr. Michael Bjornbak, DDS, has performed more than 1200 sedation-assisted dental procedures. Learn more.