If you feel fear or anxiety about going to the dentist, the first thing you should know is that you're not alone. Millions of Americans struggle with these fears, and unfortunately, it keeps many people from visiting the dentist and getting the care they need.
The good news, however, is that it doesn't have to be this way! Dental technology has streamlined procedures over the years, making dentistry much more efficient and comfortable for patients. Many dentists also offer options for sedation that can help patients relax and feel at ease during their dental visits.
Glendale, CA sedation dentist Dr. Lucio Kim offers different levels of sedation that we can tailor to your specific needs.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is sedation delivered orally through a pill taken one hour before your dental treatment. The medicine offers a level of sedation that may make you feel as if you're completely relaxed and sleeping throughout your procedure, yet you'll still be responsive to Dr. Kim. However, the nature of the medication is amnesic, so you won't remember most of what went on during your dental procedure.
If you choose oral sedation for your dental treatment, we require you to have transportation arranged to and from your appointment as you will not be able to drive yourself afterward. Therefore, it would be best if you also planned to relax after your procedure and not return to work until the following day.
IV sedation delivers medication intravenously, which allows us to adjust to the levels of medication needed throughout your procedure. A nurse anesthetist oversees IV sedation and monitors your heart rate and vital signs the entire time.
IV sedation offers the deepest level of sedation available and is ideal for these situations:
- Patients with severe anxiety or dental phobia
- Those who have multiple complicated treatment procedures they'd like to complete during one appointment
- Patients with special needs
- Patients who struggle with a bad gag reflex
- Those who have trouble sitting for long periods
IV sedation is a deeper level of relaxation, and you should allow yourself plenty of recovery time afterward and make arrangements for transportation to and from your appointment.
IV sedation is also a great way to get the treatment you need to protect your smile without having to endure the fear and anxiety you feel about visiting the dentist.
Contact Your Glendale Sedation Dentist
If you struggle with dental phobia, Dr. Kim would love to talk with you about your options for using dental sedation to get the dental care you need and deserve.
Contact our Glendale dental office today at (818) 242-3739 for more information about dental sedation.