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Escape Your Dental Fear and Anxiety with Oral Conscious Sedation Appointments in West LA

March 15, 2015

122568441It’s been estimated that about 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of dental fear and anxiety; that’s about 30 to 40 million people! If you have dental fears, you’re not alone, and you’re not powerless. You can stand up to those fears, and get the dental treatment you need, with oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation creates a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who have avoided the dentist out of fear in the past. Make your next dental appointment, relaxed and rewarding, with oral conscious sedation from Dr. Latner and Westside Dental Associates. Dr. Latner is a compassionate and qualified family dentist, now proudly serving patients of all ages throughout West LA and nearby communities including: Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, and Mar Vista.

What Happens During Oral Conscious Sedation?

You will be able to take your sedation medication about an hour before your appointment. The most commonly prescribed oral conscious sedation medications belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants. They’re absolutely safe, and they decrease anxiety by binding with receptors in the brain which tone down activity in the parts responsible for fear. Most patients feel calmer and more relaxed after taking sedative medication. Oral conscious sedation produces a mild or moderate sedation experience, where you will remain sedated but alert, responsive, and able to answer questions. However, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home after the appointment, as the effects of the sedatives will take a few hours to wear off.

Do You Need Oral Conscious Sedation?

A phobia is an intense and unreasonable fear. Most dental procedures aren’t painful, however, for those with dental fear and phobia, the very thought of a dental visit can be terrifying. Some patients are so frightened that they go years and years without dental care and will only see a dentist for emergencies. This pattern of behavior can wreak havoc on both oral and overall health causing gum disease, pain, and broken or unsightly teeth. Oral conscious sedation  allows fearful patients to finally receive the dental care they need to stay healthy and smiling.

West LA Oral Conscious Sedation Appointments

If you suffer from dental fear or phobia, schedule the dental appointment you need with oral conscious sedation from Dr. Latner and Westside Dental Associates. Dr. Latner is an experienced oral conscious sedation dentist, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout West LA and the nearby communities including: Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, and Mar Vista.

Achieve a New Level of Calm with Sedation Dentistry from Westside Dental Associates

May 3, 2012

Have you ever put off important dental care because of fear, anxiety, stress or physical discomfort? At Westside Dental Associates, we don’t want anything to stand between you and a healthy smile.

If anxiety or pain is standing in your way, Dr. Latner would like you to know we can help. Safe and effective oral conscious sedation makes it possible for patients to feel relaxed and at peace while receiving the care their smile needs.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral conscious sedation uses a combination of nitrous oxide and a mild oral sedative. With these combined, patients who have felt restless or anxious in the past can achieve a level of calm that may have seemed impossible in the past

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

If you’ve chosen to use oral conscious sedation for your procedure, Dr. Latner will prescribe a mild oral sedative for you to take prior to your next appointment. Then, once the sedative has taken effect, Dr. Latner will administer nitrous oxide to enhance the soothing effects of your pill.

While you’re sedated, Dr. Latner will be able to complete hours of dental work while you relax in our Los Angeles office without you even noticing the passage of time. Some patients even become so relaxed that they fall asleep.

Want to learn more about sedation dentistry? Call Dr. Latner’s Los Angeles office to schedule a consultation appointment. During your appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about sedation dentistry or any of our other services. We look forward to hearing from you!