Sedation Dentistry Whittier CA

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Options from Dentists of Whittier, CA

For patients with dental anxiety, we offer dental sedation options. These options are available for most dental procedures, including routine cleanings and fillings, along with wisdom teeth extractions and implant surgery.

We always numb patients with anesthetic during procedures such as dental crown preparation appointments or extractions. But if you feel particularly anxious even after we’ve anesthetized your tooth/teeth, please let us know. We’ll be happy to provide you with various sedation options.

What Sedation Options Do Patients Have?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medications – oral, inhaled, or IV delivered – to relax patients so that their dental experience is comfortable and painless. This is particularly helpful for patients that:

  • Have dental phobia or anxiety
  • Are resistant to anesthetics
  • Have medical conditions that make dental procedures more difficult

What are the most common types of sedation?

Conscious sedation: Conscious sedation can be achieved through the administration of oral medications or inhaled nitrous oxide. Patients are fully awake during their procedure, but they don’t experience any discomfort, whether physical or emotional.

Twilight sedation: This type of sedation is used for mid-level dental procedures like crowns. It’s administered through an IV or with nitrous oxide. Patients feel sleepy and relaxed and aren’t able to remember details of the experience. Technically, though, they are still conscious and can respond to our questions or requests to follow certain instructions.

Unconscious sedation: If a patient opts for unconscious sedation, they will receive general anesthesia administered through a mask or an IV. After a few moments, they will achieve a state of complete unconsciousness. They cannot be aroused or respond to questions or instructions. This type of sedation is restricted for patients with special needs, those who have significant restorative or surgical needs, or patients who experience resistance to other sedation options.

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What Types of Sedation Options Are Offered at Dentists of Whittier?

If you experience dental anxiety and are interested in being sedated during your appointments, let us know as soon as possible. Dr. Omid will work with you to create a personalized sedation plan for future appointments. Options include:

  • Unconscious sedation: General anesthesia is administered through an IV or mask.
  • Nitrous oxide: Laughing gas is administered through a mask that fits over your nose.
  • Oral sedation: Dr. Omid can prescribe oral medication that you will take some time before your dental appointment. You’ll arrive at the office in a relaxed state.

During your treatment, our team will constantly monitor you to ensure you’re safe and adequately sedated. If you receive any type of sedation, you will need a driver to take you home after your procedure. If you take oral medication before your appointment, you will also need a driver to take you to your appointment. Driving while under the influence of these medications is unsafe.

How Much Does Sedation Cost?

In most cases, you will only be charged an extra fee for IV sedation. The fee can range from $250 to over $1000 depending on your needs (how much you need, as well as the length of the procedure). Talk with your insurance company to see if they cover sedation charges and, if so, what type of co-payment you can expect.

Our Goal: To Make Every Patient Feel Comfortable

The Dentists of Whittier team is committed to providing every patient with high-quality, comfortable care. We do this by creating a soothing, stress-free environment, hiring the most compassionate people possible, and offering several sedation options. This is the perfect combination that will help you get the dental treatment you need with zero anxiety.

Do you have questions about your sedation options? Contact our team today to learn more.

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