Dental Sedation in Palmdale, CA
Dental sedation can be used to calm patients with dental anxiety or make advanced restorative procedures seem like a breeze from the patients’ perspective. Our team is here to make your dental visits as pleasant and comfortable as possible, so if you’re interested in learning more about dental sedation, feel free to ask about it at your next appointment or reach out to our friendly front office team!
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What kind of dental sedation can I utilize?
Our practice offers two great choices for dental sedation. If you aren’t sure which option is right for you and your specific needs, we would be happy to offer a personalized recommendation for you.
- Nitrous Oxide is more commonly known as laughing gas. A sweet-smelling blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered through a comfortable mask that is placed over the nose, and the patient is put into a relaxed state where they feel calm and relaxed but are still aware of their surroundings.
- Oral Conscious Sedation requires the patient to take prescribed medication before their appointment begins so that they can enter a sleepy, dream-like state prior to the start of their treatment. Patients’ reflexes are slowed, and they may doze off during their visit, but they are still conscious and responsive.
Is dental sedation safe?
Before we offer dental sedation to a patient, our team always assesses their treatment plan, current health status, and medical history to determine if sedation is a good option for them. Patient safety is our number one priority, so we never recommend treatments that we don’t believe are safe for a patient. Conscious sedation is even safer than general anesthesia, as there are typically more risks associated with rendering someone unconscious. If you have any questions or concerns for our team, please don’t hesitate to ask.
How long does dental sedation last?
Nitrous oxide will affect the patient as long as they are breathing it in, and its effects wear off within a few minutes of breathing normal air. Patients who choose this option can typically drive themselves home after their appointment. Oral conscious sedation takes longer to wear off, and patients should have a friend or family member accompany them to their appointment and drive them home afterward. In general, it’s a good idea to not make any big plans after a dental visit that uses sedation and instead plan on taking it easy at home for the rest of the day.