Dental Sedation Porter Ranch
Sedation dentistry is a service that eases dental care for many patients. Whether patients have anxiety, a movement disorder, or any other condition that can make dental care difficult or impossible to receive, the availability of different sedation methods from our dentist can support their long-term oral health. Here is information regarding the types of dental sedation our office provides, how this service is used, and which Porter Ranch patients may be candidates.
Forms of Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation is available in inhaled, oral, and IV types. Inhaled sedation used in dental offices involves a mixture of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, and oxygen. As the mildest sedative choice, inhaled sedation works quickly, wears off just as fast, and has mild pain-killing effects. Oral sedation is more relaxing and involves patients being given a pill, which they take before treatment starts. IV sedation, or intravascular sedation, is the strongest type and is administered into a vein, which causes it to work very rapidly. Except for nitrous oxide, all dental sedation options make a ride home necessary afterwards, as driving will not be safe for some time.
Situations Warranting Sedation
Sedation is most frequently used for unusually long or intensive procedures, such as extractions of multiple teeth in preparation for tooth replacements. However, many Porter Ranch patients also get sedation for shorter, less intensive procedures, such as exams, cleanings, and fillings. The need for sedation during a procedure depends mainly on the patient.
Candidacy for Sedation Dentistry
Dental phobia, general anxiety, cerebral palsy, and autism are just a few of the conditions that can make dental sedation beneficial. However, Porter Ranch patients must receive an exam and an analysis of their medical history before being approved for sedation. Sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and heart conditions, for example, may affect eligibility for dental sedation.
Patients who receive dental sedation can relax during appointments. For patients who would otherwise avoid treatment, sedation can help them get the preventive and restorative dental care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Patients can schedule a consultation at our office to find out more about our sedative options and eligibility requirements.