Sedation dentistry, which is different than sleep dentistry, involves the use of a pill or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to relax patients during their dental treatment. This is especially helpful for patients who dread going to the dentist because of severe anxieties or dental phobias. If you've been avoiding going to the dentist because you were afraid, then seeing a sedation dentist may be right for you.
The actual process of oral sedation involves patients taking an oral analgesic or sedative about one hour before their dental procedure. When the medication kicks in, the patient becomes extremely relaxed, and drifts into a dream-like state. After the dental procedure, some patients have very little or no memory of their procedure.
Patients who are on other medications should consult with their doctor before taking any type of sedative. It is also important for you to tell us about any previous allergic reactions.
Call or email us today to schedule an appointment with our sedation dentists, Dr. Kwan or Dr. Hsu, who will review benefits of oral sedation, and help you decide if it is right for you.