Treating Dental Anxiety
Does going to the dentist put knots in your stomach and fear in your heart? Don't worry! You're not alone. There are millions of Americans who feel the same way you do about visiting the dentist and Dr. Lucio Kim can help. We offer sedation dentistry in Glendale to help you relax and feel at ease during your dental procedures. Here's more information about your sedation options.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is a medication that Dr. Kim will prescribe to you and you'll take approximately one hour prior to your procedure. The medication will help you achieve deep relaxation. Although you'll still be conscious and responsive, you'll have little to no memory of what happened during your appointment. Due to the nature of the medication, you'll need to have transportation arranged both to and from your appointment. Oral sedation works well for patients suffering from mild to moderate anxiety.
In this option, we administer medication directly into your bloodstream intravenously. This allows the medication to work quickly and be adjusted as needed. Your heart rate and vital signs are monitored constantly throughout your procedure. You'll also have no memory of what occurred during your appointment, and IV sedation works well for patients with severe anxiety, special needs, or who need to complete multiple procedures at one time. You'll need a ride to and from your appointment, and you should allow time for rest and recovery after IV sedation.
If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, Dr. Kim is happy to discuss your options for dental sedation with you. We never want fear to keep our patients from receiving the dental care they need and deserve, and sedation has helped many patients just like you to overcome their fears and receive the treatment they need. We encourage you to contact us to schedule your next appointment and discuss your sedation needs with one of our caring and friendly staff members.