Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Are you afraid of the dentist? You are not alone. Over 35 million Americans have some level of anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. Your fears may have caused you to neglect your oral health and feel embarrassed about your smile. But have no fear, our team of specialists and anesthesiologists will minimize your pain and anxiety by providing maximum comfort and relaxation throughout your treatment. Free from concerns over pain or discomfort, our sedation dentistry patients overcome inhibitions and are able to get the treatment they need and the smile they deserve.

What is sedation dentistry? 

Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is the state-of-the-art, comprehensive approach to dentistry that involves the use of sedatives to minimize discomfort during dental procedures. With sedation dentistry, just about any dental procedure including full mouth reconstructions and smile makeovers can be performed in the absolute minimum number of appointments and with virtually no pain. Below are descriptions of three types of sedation dentistry that we administer.

IV Sedation in Dentistry

IV sedation or intravenous sedation is a technique of providing analgesia (pain relief), during otherwise painful procedures in dentistry. It involves intravenous injection of a sedative, which makes a person drowsy and unaware of painful stimuli generated during the procedure or surgery. How do you feel after IV sedation? Patients awake from sedation dentistry feeling rested and without any negative memories of the dental procedure. IV sedation dentistry is a specialty that provides the ultimate comfort during dental treatment. It is far more effective at eliminating pain and anxiety than simple "pill" or "gas" sedation, which we also offer in less severe circumstances. Less than one percent of dentists in California are licensed to perform IV sedation. Dr. Zak and his select team of experienced cosmetic dentists and anesthesiologists, however, have a proven track record of safe and successful IV sedation that spans over twenty years. When it comes to your safety, our team of experts will take good care of you. 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Dentistry 

Inhalation sedation, also known as nitrous oxide sedation, is historically the most widely used dental sedation technique. The patient breathes a mixture of nitrous oxide (N2O) and oxygen through a nasal mask. The gas causes a euphoric effect (for this reason, it is often referred as laughing gas), which not only relaxes the patient within a few seconds but also provides an analgesic effect. 

Oral Sedation in Dentistry 

Oral sedation is another method of dental relaxation that is very easily administered. The patient is given a sedative pill to take by the mouth the night before the appointment and/or a few hours prior to the dental visit. By the time of the appointment, the patient is in a relaxed state and remains calm and free of anxiety during the procedure. Since the patient is already under the effect of the medication on his way to the dental office, for safety reasons someone else must drive him or her. 

Why choose Dr. Zak Family Dentistry to administer your Sedation Dentistry? 

1) Top cosmetic dentists and anesthesiologists.
2) IV, oral, nitrous sedation certified.
3) Top cosmetic laboratories.
4) State-of-the-art equipment.

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