Do you get clammy just thinking about a trip to the dentist? Dental anxiety is an extremely common problem that affects thousands of Americans. Unfortunately, it can also keep you from getting the dental care you need. If you have dental anxiety, then you can feel relaxed with the help of our Los Angeles sedation dentistry expert.
Sedation dentistry is a technique that uses sedatives to help you relax during your dental care. Our Los Angeles sedation dentist can uses nitrous oxide, which is administered through a mask that is placed over the nose. Nitrous oxide was first discovered in the late 18th Century, but it took more than 50 years for medical professionals to discover how useful it could be in their practices. By 1863, thousands of patients had been treated with nitrous oxide in dentistry.
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Nitrous oxide offers several benefits to patients. First, it is strong enough to calm and relax patients. For some patients, it can even alleviate or reduce pain. Second, although it is quite strong, it is also fairly mild. Those who undergo nitrous oxide sedation are fully awake and are able to carry on conversations during treatment, which means they can more easily cooperate with treatment requirements. In the end, nitrous oxide goes to work within minutes, but it leaves your system just as quickly. This means that you can drive yourself to and from your appointment with our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles.
Nitrous oxide can be a good option for many people, but only our sedation dentist in Los Angeles can tell you for sure if you are a candidate. You may benefit from sedation if you have an overactive gag reflex, if you have mild to moderate dental anxiety, or if you are planning to have multiple procedures done in a single appointment. Sedation can also be appropriate for those who have physical or emotional needs that conflict with their ability to sit through treatment.
Before recommending any course of treatment, we will evaluate you and your dental needs to ensure that sedation is right for you. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.