Options For Sedation Dentistry with Sleep Dentistry
Dental anxiety is a common problem that affects over half of the U.S. population. Research conducted shows that between 9-20% of adults postpone or even avoid necessary dental treatment because of dental fear and anxiety. If you count yourself among this group, please know that Dr. Roya Shoffet -Yaghoubian and the team at Royal Dental Practice in West Hills, California, are here to help you overcome this fear. In combination with gentle techniques and a compassionate view of dentistry, Dr. Shoffet also offers sedation options that can help you get through your treatment in a calm, relaxed manner.
Dental Sedation Options
At Royal Dental Practice, we offer two sedation options to our patients:
- General Anesthesia: When utilized, a deep state of unconsciousness is achieved. You will effectively be asleep for your procedure. This requires special equipment and is administered and monitored by a trained anesthesia provider
- IV Sedation: Considered the strongest form of sedation made available to patients, sedation is achieved by administering medication directly into the patient’s bloodstream intravenously. Often referred to as sleep dentistry, you will have minimal awareness of our office’s sights, sounds, or smells. It differs from general anesthesia as you will not be completely unconscious while sedated
The Benefits of Dental Sedation
The most obvious benefit of dental sedation is easing your dental fears and anxiety. Dental sedation is not just for those who are afraid of the dentist. It is an excellent option for patients who are looking to have multiple procedures performed within a single appointment that results in an extended amount of time in the dental chair. Sedation makes this experience more relaxed and helps prevent dental chair fatigue. Those who have claustrophobia, have a strong gag reflex, or suffer from any other issues which could make their dental experience a negative one can all find help with dental sedation.