Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Is dental sedation safe?

Los Angeles Center for Sedation Dentistry with LA sleep dentist Dr. Michael Bjornbak

At the Los Angeles Center for Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Bjornbak’s extensive experience with dental sedation minimizes the likelihood of risks for his patients in the Sherman Oaks area. In fact, the most important step patients can take in protecting themselves is choosing a certified, experienced sedation dentist. State dental boards carefully monitor dentists who want to become certified to use moderate to deep dental sedation. Making sure your dentist is qualified as a sedation dentist is essential for a safe, successful experience with sedation dentistry. Once you’ve done that, you can literally sit back and relax at your dental visit because during dental sedation, your vitals will be carefully monitored the entire time. Both state-of-the-art equipment and a caring, trained professional will be at your side, making certain you are safe and comfortable while your dental work is done.

Will my insurance cover dental sedation?

Because each insurance plan is different, we will review your coverage with you and make sure you’re able to get the care that you need.

How long does dental sedation take?

The time varies by how much dental work is done. The sedative is taken an hour before your appointment so that you’re ready and relaxed by the time you arrive. Your sleep dentist will let you know beforehand what time frame to expect, but the sedative generally takes between two to six hours to wear off. After that, you will be ready to enjoy the rest of your day without grogginess or pain.

Will I remember anything? Why is there amnesia after dental sedation?

A great side-effect of sedatives is their amnesiac effect. Most patients will not remember the procedure because they are in such a deep state of relaxation. Sedatives are designed to provide relief from anxiety and memory loss of pain.

I usually gag at the dentist. How does dental sedation stop gagging?

Dental sedation reduces the gag reflex by reducing anxiety and by relaxing the muscles. Sometimes gagging is also caused by the smells associated with dental work, and dental sedation reduces the body’s sensitivities to unpleasant smells, tastes, or sounds.

What medications are used?

The sedatives used for dental patients are benzodiazepines. In brief, they are drugs that reduce anxiety, relax the muscles, and cause forgetfulness of the experience.

What side effects are there with dental sedation?

Benzodiazepines are such safe sedatives for dentistry because their negative side effects only occur with prolonged use. Dependency, tolerance, and withdrawal syndrome are serious problems, but these symptoms require repeated and prolonged use to occur.

I am a smoker, can I be sedated by a sedation dentist?

In general, sedation is riskier in people with breathing problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, or asthma. The medications and procedures used in sedation dentistry, though, are very safe and can benefit a surprising array of patients. For example, Van Nuys sleep dentist Dr. Bjornbak has successfully sedated numerous smokers, including one patient who smoked four packs a day.

We know that there are a lot of questions when it comes to dental sedation, so if you have any others not covered here, call our sedation dentist, Dr. Bjornbak! He wants to help all of his patients in Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys feel comfortable and confident about their sedation dentistry needs!

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