Sedation Dentistry Granada Hills
More patients are able to receive dental care today thanks to sedation dentistry. Available in different types and strengths, dental sedation can ease dental fears and prevent uncontrollable movements during exams and treatments. Eligibility does vary among patients, but most are able to receive some form of sedation at our office. Below, you can read about sedation options, when they are used and what Granada Hills patients are candidates.
Types of Dental Sedation
Inhaled, oral, and IV sedation types are available with modern dentistry. Inhaled sedation is provided through a mixture of air and nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. It works quickly and wears off soon after it is turned off. Oral sedation consists of pills that patients take before treatment. IV sedation is the heaviest type used, and it is administered directly into a vein. Except for inhaled sedation, sedation dentistry requires patients to arrange a ride home afterwards, as safe driving is not possible.
Procedures for Which Sedation Is Used
Although sedation may be used in a wide range of procedures, it is more common in some than in others. Some patients with dental anxiety or movement disorders may need sedation dentistry for all care, including routine check-ups. However, many patients benefit from sedation during multiple extractions, dental implant placement, and other procedures that are unusually long or intensive.
Candidacy for Sedation
Most Granada Hills patients are candidates for sedation dentistry, but some may not be eligible. Sleep apnea, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular problems, and certain medications or drug reactions may prevent candidacy. In all cases, an exam and assessment of medical history is necessary to determine if dental sedation is a safe option.
The use of sedation in modern dental care helps many patients get and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Several conditions can benefit from sedation, including dental anxiety and disorders that cause uncontrollable movement, such as cerebral palsy. A majority of Granada Hills’ patients can receive sedation, and many can choose from multiple sedation options depending on the procedure. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about dental sedation options provided at our office in Northridge.