Sedation dentistry can be the perfect treatment for patients who experience dental anxiety or fear. Dr. Karim Naguib and the professional team at Premier Dental Care want patients to feel welcome and relaxed during their general dentistry office visits.
Dr. Naguib works with patients on an individual basis to determine the best way to address their oral health needs. He discusses your medical history, past dental care experiences, and goals before treatment.
Sedation Dentistry Treatment Options in Palmdale
There are multiple sedation dentistry options for patients depending on whether they want to be asleep or conscious during their dental procedure.
Dr. Naguib works with an anesthesiologist to provide IV sedation in the comfort of our dental office. Intravenous sedation is administered into your bloodstream through an IV. This type of sedation takes effect immediately so the patient can rest comfortably during their procedure.
IV sedation also benefits patients who require multiple dental procedures or restorative care with dental implants. Implant surgery can be a lengthy process, especially if patients have more than one missing tooth.
Under intravenous sedation, patients feel deeply relaxed and calm. In combination with other methods of sedation, patients can also fall asleep during their procedure. Many patients wake up with no memory of their treatment.
Oral conscious sedation is administered in pill form several hours before a scheduled procedure. Patients will feel completely relaxed but will remain alert and responsive during treatment.
Patients will require a companion to drive them home from their dental procedure, as IV and oral sedation can take several hours to wear off fully.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can offer many benefits to patients who want to feel relaxed during treatment. Sedation dentistry:
- Can provide pain-free dental care
- Can provide anxiety relief
- Allows dentists to work faster
- Reduces the gag reflex
- Can cause anterograde amnesia (the patient doesn’t remember the surgery)
While sedation is often used for patients that have dental fear or anxiety, these aren’t the only patients that can benefit. Patients that have special needs, disabilities, or movement disorders may have trouble getting regular dental care.
Involuntary tics or movements can cause the dentist to struggle with treatment, and we want to make sure that patients don’t get hurt. Sedation helps to ease these involuntary movements for safer, faster treatment.
If you have a gag reflex, it can actively fight the dentist trying to give you treatment. It also causes severe discomfort for you and may make you avoid dental care altogether. Sedation helps to relax this reflex. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment. It also helps ensure your procedure can be done quickly and efficiently.
Lastly, dental anxiety makes it more likely for people to avoid dental care. But this leads to more extensive dental problems that may need more intensive care. Sedation is ideal for any patients that need multiple dental treatments in one visit. Even if you don’t have dental anxiety, sedation allows further comfort for both you and the dentist throughout the procedure.
If you have any of these conditions, call our Lancaster office at (661) 948-6700 or our Palmdale office at (661) 273-6565.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
After receiving oral sedation, patients may feel “out of it” for up to 24 hours post-procedure. For that period after your procedure, it is the dentist may recommend that patients sleep it off and take it easy to give their body time to rest and rejuvenate.
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
Under dental sedation, patients should not feel any pain. Dentists typically combine sedation and anesthetic to make patients’ dental experience as pain-free and comfortable as possible.
What should I do before dental sedation?
Before dental sedation, the dentist may instruct you not to eat anything 12 or 6 hours before your procedure. If they instruct you to do this, then do not eat or drink anything. Two hours before your procedure, you can drink water, but that is all.
Do you remember anything after oral sedation?
With oral sedation, it’s common for patients to have little or no memory of their dental procedure. The extent of memory loss depends on the sedative’s strength, dosage, and the individual’s response to the medication. This can be helpful for patients with dental anxiety or those undergoing extensive treatments.
Is IV sedation the same as laughing gas?
No. IV sedation and laughing gas are not the same. IV sedation involves administering sedatives directly into the bloodstream, providing deeper relaxation. Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a mild sedative gas that you inhale through a mask, offering lighter sedation with quick recovery. Both methods help patients feel more comfortable during dental treatments.
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Receive comfortable treatment at Premier Dental Care today. Call our dentists in Lancaster, CA, at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our dentists in Palmdale, CA, at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online. Dr. Naguib and his team aim to provide a warm and friendly environment to patients.