Sedation Dentistry in Palos Verdes
We take the anxiety and fear out of going to the dentist
Sedation dentistry is simply the use of sedative drugs to calm a very anxious or fearful patient, or to make it easier for long or complicated dental work. There are various types of sedation – the most common are oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.
For many people, visiting the dentist fills them with fear and anxiety. Some completely avoid seeing the dentist. But avoiding the dental care you need may result in more than just teeth deterioration, because it can also affect your entire body’s good health.
Don’t let fear and anxiety keep you from having a healthy, beautiful smile. With sedation dentistry, your anxiety is calmed so you can relax.
IV sedation is performed by our board certified anesthesiologist who is certified in both sedation dentistry and general anesthesia. He is trained to help patients who are very anxious or fearful, which allows Dr. Palani to concentrate solely on your dental work.
Get a lot of dental work done in one sitting!
With Sedation Dentistry you can get multiple dental procedures completed during a single visit. IV sedation is particularly helpful for lengthy dental work or surgery.
Who can benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry allows you to relax during any type of dental procedure. And it can help relax you in the following situations:
- Feeling of extreme anxiety or fear
- A bad gag reflex
- Invasive or surgical dental work
- You can do a lot or all your dental work in one visit—this is particularly good for complex or major dental work
IV Sedation—safe, more effective and more predictable
Dr. Palani typically uses IV sedation for major dental work, such as full-mouth reconstruction, multiple extractions and dental implants. He can also give it to a patient who just wants to be asleep throughout his dental procedure.
Since IV sedation can be minutely controlled, it can be more widely employed than oral sedation. People with high blood pressure, for instance, can be more safely treated with IV sedation as we can monitor the blood pressure.
IV sedation is a sedative medication that’s put directly into your bloodstream by utilizing an IV. This way, the anesthesiologist has more control over exactly how much sedation enters into your system. He can control the sedation flow little by little so that you get the needed effect.
You know the old saying “one size doesn’t fit all”. In sedation dentistry this means we will administer less to a 105 pound patient than we will to a 195 pound patient and more for a 240 pound patient. This ensures that you will remain in a steady state of consciousness. This type of control is not possible with oral sedation.
Benefits of IV sedation compared to oral sedation
How does IV sedation work?
IV sedation, also known as Intravenous Conscious Sedation is when an anti-anxiety drug is administered into the blood system during your dental work. It’s gently put into the vein with an extremely thin needle close to the surface of your skin. Throughout your dental work, your pulse and oxygen levels are measured. Plus your blood pressure is checked before and after your treatment.
Will I be asleep?
Some dentists use terms like “sleep dentistry”. In actuality, you remain conscious during the IV sedation. You will even be able to understand and respond to requests from Dr. Palani as he works on your teeth. However upon completion, you may not remember very much, if anything, of the treatment itself.
Do I still need local anesthesia?
IV sedation drugs don’t typically include pain killers, so you will still need to be numbed. However, if you have a phobia of needles you can be numbed after the IV sedation has taken effect.
Is IV sedation safe?
It is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially trained dentist like our board certified anesthesiologist. He possesses the advanced training and certification to safely deliver this type of sedation. Statistically speaking, IV sedation is even safer than local anesthesia!
Dr. Palani screens his patients carefully before including IV sedation during their dental treatments. The following conditions are contraindications to IV sedation:
- A compromised immune system
- Some instances of glaucoma<l/i>
- Known allergy to the type of drugs being administered
Oral Sedation uses anti-anxiety drugs to remove stress and relax you. For minimal sedation that takes the edge off, you’ll usually swallow a pill about one hour before treatment. You’ll feel drowsy but you’ll still be awake. A larger dose can produce moderate sedation, which will make you feel groggy and may put you to sleep during the procedure. A gentle shake is all that’s needed to awaken.
How Oral Sedation works
You’ll be given a prescription for a sedative medication that you’ll take the night before your treatment so you can get a good night’s sleep.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll take another dose of medication. This is to make sure you’re in a tranquil, relaxed state of mind. Dr. Palani will then monitor your comfort during your visit.
When using oral sedation you’ll need someone to drive you to the practice and then back home again.