If you’re afraid of the dentist, you’re not alone. But did you know there’s a way of conquering the fears that may have kept you from visiting your dentist for necessary treatment? Using the techniques of sedation dentistry, your dentist can ease your apprehension, and even make the entire experience pain-free.
What exactly is IV Sedation Dentistry?
At Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Irvine, Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is performing IV Sedation Dentistry right at our convenient location in Orange County. IV Sedation is a very safe and effective method of sedation that is also referred to as deep conscious sedation or relaxation dentistry.
It is a form of moderate sedation where the patient receives the sedative drug directly through a vein, so it goes to work very quickly. It allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation, allowing unprecedented control over the relaxation levels, combined with profound amnesia. Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed, drowsy, or you may fall asleep completely.
This type of sedation requires a responsible adult to drive the patient to and from their appointment, and spend some time with them afterward until the sedative wears off completely. In addition to the IV Sedation, the doctors at Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Irvine will typically also use a local anesthetic, or numbing medication at the site to eliminate or alleviate the pain of the procedure may cause any discomfort. Because the patient is in an extreme state of relaxation, it is possible for the dentist to achieve years worth of dental work in a single visit.
While dentistry has made great strides in making patients’ dental visit experiences more relaxing, some people still have difficulty with anxiety. Their anxiety, in turn, can make necessary care much harder to provide.
For difficult cases, the dentist can incorporate a technique known as conscious sedation to help ease anxiety. With this technique, they’re able to perform procedures like dental implants and tooth extractions that are more difficult with an anxiety-prone patient.
While general anesthesia creates a total loss of consciousness, conscious sedation uses precise medications to suppress consciousness at different levels ranging from light to deep suppression and create a relaxed state for the patient.
Conscious sedation is becoming a more widespread technique in both medicine and dentistry. Using it to ease a patient’s anxiety increases the chances they’ll receive all the dental care they need without unpleasant memories of their visit that could follow them into later life.
At Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Irvine our facility offers:
- In-house IV Sedation
- Specialists in Implantology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry, highly qualified and experienced.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Laser Dentistry for painless treatments
- 3D CT Scans
Sedation dentistry has worked very safely and perfectly for many patients who used to be apprehensive about going to the dentist. It is a safe, effective and comfortable way to overcome the most intense dental anxiety almost instantaneously and allow you to get the excellent dental care you deserve and need.
At Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Irvine you will never be judged, and we are happy to offer a consultation so we can discuss the options available and help you or your loved one be on the road to restore dental health. Dr. Gonzales is able to perform IV (intravenous sedation) Sedation Dentistry right in the comfort of our office located at 113 Waterworks Way, Suite 220, Irvine, CA 92618. Give us a call at (949) 424-5137 or visit our website at https://DentistOfficeIrvine.com to experience painless dentistry.