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Sedation Dentistry in Northridge, CA

Overcome Dental Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

If you experience fear or anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist’s office, you’re not alone. Dental phobia/anxiety is common, but it becomes a problem when it prevents you from keeping your dental appointments. Failing to see your dentist for regular dental exams invites a host of oral health problems. When these problems go unchecked, they can lead to serious consequences that can affect your entire body.

If your dental phobia has been keeping you from getting the care you need, Mid-Valley Dental Care’s Dr. Lau can offer sedation dentistry as a solution.    

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedatives to help you feel relaxed in the dentist’s chair. Sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry”, but this isn’t always accurate, since there are forms of sedation that allow you to remain awake. Because sedation dentistry allows for a more relaxed dental experience, it’s often used to help patients overcome their dental anxiety so they can receive the care they need.

At Mid-Valley Dental Care, we are pleased to offer three different forms of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral, and IV. 

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one of the most widely utilized forms of sedation dentistry. It takes the form of a colorless, non-flammable gas that you inhale shortly before your procedure. Nitrous oxide isn’t just a sedative that produces feelings of giddiness and euphoria- it also produces an anesthetizing effect that can be utilized by itself or in combination with a more powerful anesthetic. 

While nitrous oxide is likely to help you feel relaxed, it’s not known to put people to sleep. Laughing gas is administered in-office and the effects tend to wear off within minutes once the flow of gas has stopped.  

You may be a good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation if:

  • You’ve proven resistant or allergic to other forms of sedation
  • You don’t like needles or pills
  • You want a sedative that acts fast and wears off quickly
  • You need to drive yourself home

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation, also known as enteral sedation, involves a pill that you take at a prescribed time, usually an hour before your procedure. Depending on the type of procedure you’re scheduled for, you may also have an anesthetic prescribed alongside your sedative, or have your anesthetic applied at our Northridge, CA office. Commonly used sedatives for oral sedation include Halcion, Ativan, and Midazolam. 

Like laughing gas, most forms of oral conscious sedation aren’t known for putting patients to sleep, although you may fall asleep because you’re so relaxed. Unlike laughing gas, the effects of oral conscious sedation can last for hours after you take your pill, usually anywhere from six to 24 hours.   

You may be a good candidate for oral conscious sedation if: 

  • You’ve proven resistant or allergic to other forms of sedation
  • You don’t like needles or gas
  • You can secure a reliable ride home
  • You can take sufficient time off to recover

IV Sedation

Intravenous or IV sedation is a sedation process where the sedative is injected directly into your veins. Much like oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation isn’t known for putting patients to sleep, although you may become so relaxed that you fall asleep anyway. The effects of IV sedation can last up to six hours, but it could take 24 to 48 hours for you to fully recover from the effects. 

Common substances used for intravenous sedation include Midazolam, Ketamine, Propofol, and Dexmedetomidine. Depending on your scheduled procedure, we may also apply an anesthetic alongside your IV delivered sedative, although some of these sedatives have anesthetizing effects as well. 

You may be a good candidate for IV sedation if:

  • You’ve proven resistant or allergic to other forms of sedation
  • You don’t like gas or pills
  • You can secure a reliable ride home
  • You can take sufficient time off to recover

Frequently Asked Questions

Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Overcome Your Dental Phobia

At Mid-Valley Dental Care, no matter what the source or intensity of your dental phobia is, sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fear and get the dental care you need. Using sedation dentistry, we can provide a comfortable, relaxing dental experience that takes the anxiety out of your procedure. 

To learn more about how sedation dentistry can improve your dental experience, or to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists at our Northridge office, contact us by dialing (818) 886-3500. You can also submit our contact form and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.      

Mid-Valley Dental Care

8815 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324

Office Hours

Monday
7:30am – 6pm
Tuesday
8am – 6pm
Wednesday
7:30am – 6pm
Thursday
8am – 6pm
Friday
7:30am – 4pm
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