For many adults, the thought of going to the dentist is terrifying — so they don’t. While there’s no shame in being anxious, avoiding dental care can have serious consequences for your teeth and gums. To get the care you need without panic, consider sedation dentistry at Smile by Design Dental Group in Irvine, California. Experienced dentist Michael Choi, DMD, and his team offer sedation for all dental procedures, including tooth cleanings, making for a relaxed, pleasant visit. To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Sedation dentistry includes a number of techniques designed to relieve your stress and anxiety when you go to the dentist. The team at Smile by Design Dental Group uses sedation dentistry to provide a relaxing, comfortable treatment experience.
You may consider sedation dentistry if you:
The team at Smile by Design Dental Group provides sedation dentistry techniques for routine teeth cleanings and checkups, as well as more involved dental procedures.
Don’t be embarrassed to express your concerns to the team and ask about sedation dentistry techniques. Plenty of people have fears about going to the dentist.
Sedation can be minimal, moderate, or deep:
The team at Smile by Design Dental Group aims to use the minimum level of sedation necessary for you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. The level of sedation depends on your level of anxiety, your sensitivity to pain, and the procedure.
Techniques Smile by Design Dental Group use to perform sedation dentistry include:
In oral sedation, you take a pill before your procedure. The medication is designed to help you stay awake but relaxed, though some patients fall asleep after the effects set in.
If you have significant anxiety, you may receive an IV of anti-anxiety medication, which enters your bloodstream more quickly than a pill. The medication puts you in a dream-like state, and you may stay awake but be unaware of the procedure.
In addition to sedation, the Smile by Design Dental Group team may provide local anesthesia to numb the treatment area so you don’t feel pain during a procedure.
The team at Smile by Design Dental Group is cautious about their use of sedation. The team monitors you after your procedure and makes sure you can get home safely before you leave the office.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home afterward.
To get the dental care you need without discomfort, schedule a sedation dentistry appointment at Smile by Design Dental Group online or over the phone.