Dealing with dental fear or anxiety, visit a dentist in Glendale, CA, that offers sedation dentistry
Did you know that many Americans neglect regular dental checkups and cleanings because of a crippling fear of the dentist? Dental fear (or dental anxiety) is incredibly common among Americans and is a leading reason why many of us go years (or even a lifetime) without ever seeing a dentist. Dr. Carlos Garcia understands this reality and offers sedation dentistry at his office in Glendale, CA. His team at Bright Smiles Dental Studio provides compassionate and gentle care and will do what they can to make sure you remain comfortable during your visit.
One-way Dr. Garcia accomplishes this is by offering what is called sedation dentistry, which is a completely safe and effective way by which you can have an anxiety and fearless dental experience. One misconception of sedation therapy is that it puts you to sleep. The reality is that most sedatives used during dental work will allow you to remain conscious while also keeping you in a very relaxed and stress-free state. There are three forms of dental sedation that are typically used. Let us look at those.
Nitrous oxide, known as “laughing gas”, is a mild sedative that is administered through a nose hood throughout a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide behaves in a manner that will elevate the mood of the patient and give them a sense of wellbeing. Nitrous oxide will relieve dental anxiety and even reduces pain. Other than the patient feeling some tingling or numbing sensations, nitrous oxide offers very few side effects and has been a very safe method of sedation for years.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is a great choice for those patients who fear needles. Before treatment, the patient is provided medication that is taken orally, which is meant to provide a moderate state of sedation. Oral sedation does not cause the patient to sleep but will dull the senses and can make it so that the patient does not remember any pain, smells, or noises which are associated with their procedure. Typically, on top of the medication provided before treatment, the patient may be topped off during the procedure if needed.
This form of sedation is administered intravenously and is very quick to take effect. It is a moderately stronger form of sedation and can leave patients feeling a bit groggy afterward, making it important that the patient has a ride home.