Woodland Hills Sedation Dentistry – Southern Cal Smiles

Sedation dentistry is a set of techniques that Dr. Fredericks uses to keep you feeling calm and relaxed during your treatment. She will administer special medication to put you in a sleep-like state where you drift safely, comfortably and painlessly through your dentistry appointment. You will be able to respond to directions from Dr. Fredericks and our team, but you will not feel anything, and you probably won’t remember anything from your appointment after it’s over.

Sedation Dentistry Candidates

Dr. Fredericks generally recommends sedation dentistry techniques to the following patients:

  • Nervous/anxious patients
  • Patients with a dental phobia
  • Patients who allow dental phobia to prevent them from seeking necessary treatment
  • Patients with special needs
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients who need extensive dental work done in one appointment

If you are considering sedation dental techniques, it’s critical for you to be open and honest with our team about your general health and current medical conditions, so that we can choose appropriate medications for you.

Sedation Dentistry Methods Dr. Fredericks Uses

Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”)

Nitrous oxide is a mild sedation technique in which you will inhale nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” One of our team members will place a small hood over your nose, which delivers nitrous oxide prior to and during yourtreatment.Valium/Sedatives

Sedatives,including Valium, are moderate forms of sedation which depress your level ofconsciousness. You will still be able to breathe on your own and respond to directions and stimulation, but you won’t feel any pain during treatment. Sedatives come in pill form and should be taken prior to your appointment. If you take a sedative before your appointment, you’ll need a loved one to drive you to and from our office, where you may receive another pill as needed.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

If you feel nervous or anxious about dental treatment, sedation techniques may be right for you. Contact Dr. Fredericks’ team to learn more about your options. We will help you pick an option for maximum comfort and peace of mind.