We understand that dental work is not always easy to face and some patients experience such a degree of anxiety that it is near impossible to undergo dental treatment. There are also some treatments that are simply best done under sedation due to the nature of the procedure.
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called ‘sleep dentistry’ involves the use of sedatives before or during dental procedures to relax the patient enough to complete the oral work without patient discomfort. These methods have been in use for over a century and are safe and efficient.
Our doctors have completed specialized training in sedation dentistry techniques that take their skill and knowledge in this area well beyond what is standardly taught in dental school. When considering sedation dentistry, there are various options and levels of sedation to choose from. Either Dr. Rifkin or Dr. Raanan will assess your level of dental anxiety and overall needs to help you choose a comfortable and conservative form of sedation for your procedure.
We offer several methods of sedation, including:
Oral Sedation: A pill-form, low level of sedation. Commonly used for patients who fear needles or exhibit slight anxiety over getting dental work done. One pill is administered the night before the procedure to help the patient sleep comfortably, and the second is taken an hour before the procedure is to be done. The prescriptions used for oral sedation include diazepam, triazolam, lorazepam, hydroxyzine, and zaleplon. The effects of this form of sedation vary based on dosage and prescription used.
Nitrous Oxide: The level of sedation with nitrous oxide is slightly more intense than that of oral sedation. Treatment involves the placing of a mask over the patient’s nose so the patient may inhale the gas. The flow of gas can be adjusted by the dentist to achieve the correct level of sedation for the patient’s optimal comfort. The sedation wears off once the patient receives pure oxygen. The effects of nitrous oxide also leave the patients feeling lighter and carefree.
Intravenous Sedation: The most aggressive form of sedation used in instances where the patient exhibits strong anxieties about receiving dental care or requires an invasive procedure. The patient remains conscious through the procedure, however, no memory of it is kept. Patients who opt for IV sedation describe the experience as feeling as though they have slept through their entire procedure.
Sedation dentistry may be the right option for you if you:
Dr. Rifkin or Dr. Raanan works with you to determine the most suitable method and level of sedation for you. Don’t put off essential dental work any longer, book your appointment with Dr. Rodney Raanan today and enjoy a relaxing and comfortable sleep dentistry experience in our Beverly Hills office.
When you come into our Beverly Hills Dental office for your initial consultation, you will be warmly greeted by our accommodating front desk staff. They will ensure you have everything you need and that you are 100% comfortable.