Sedation Dentistry In Woodland Hills
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.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry in Woodland Hills has many benefits for patients that have a fear of going to the dentist or are nervous about their procedure. The main benefit is that it helps patients relax and eases their anxiety. Sedation can also help patients feel as if time is going by more quickly, which allows the dentist to perform complex procedures in fewer appointments. Additionally, sedation can reduce the gag reflex which allows for a more comfortable experience for patients with sensitive gag reflexes.
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.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry is generally a very safe option for patients that are good candidates and that choose a highly qualified dentist such as Dr. Susan Fredericks. Sedation does come with some risks that Dr. Fredericks will discuss with you at the time of your appointment. However, during your procedure our attentive and experienced team will be monitoring you and your vitals, as patient well-being and safety is of utmost importance to us.
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.