Sedation Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA
If you feel frightened, anxious, or outright terrified at the thought of an upcoming dental appointment, you’re not alone – in fact, studies show that nearly one in five people experience these negative emotions. At Westside Dental Associates, patients can stop dreading their visit and start looking forward to a relaxing care experience with the help of sedation dentistry. Dr. Les Latner offers several methods that are effective and safe here in Los Angeles, CA, and our team will help you determine the one that’s right for you. Contact our practice today to schedule your first visit!
Learn more about our sedation dentistry techniques below:
Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is a mild sedative that can help children and adults alike feel much more comfortable during their dental appointments. The gas is administered through a mask that fits over the patient’s nose throughout the appointment. Within minutes of breathing it in, nitrous oxide should start to induce feelings of calmness and warmth. One of the biggest benefits of choosing this technique is that the effects wear off very quickly once the mask is removed, which means Los Angeles, CA patients can immediately return to work or drive themselves home.
IV sedation is a more involved sedative that best fits patients with extreme dental-related fear and/or those in need of complex procedures. The medication is delivered intravenously, which allows our team to closely monitor the dosage and adjust if necessary to create the ideal effect. Patient should enter a very deep state of relaxation while under IV sedation; although they will remain conscious enough to respond to Dr. Latner’s commands, it’s likely that they won’t remember much about their procedure once they’ve recovered. Patients choosing IV sedation will need a trusted escort to take them home following their appointment and watch over them until the effects wear off.