Do you experience fear, anxiety or distress when visiting the dentist? Mid-Valley Dental Care offers sleep dentistry, sometimes called sedation dentistry, to help you relax during your treatment. Sleep dentistry can also be beneficial to patients who have difficulty becoming numb or have a strong gag reflex, and for children who experience difficulty at our office. To learn more about sedation dentistry in Northridge, California, and to schedule your consultation with Drs. Terence Lau and Casey Lau, contact us today at (818) 886-3500.
Dr. Terence Lau and Dr. Casey Lau are committed to helping you enjoy a comfortable, relaxing visit, and will gladly offer sedation dentistry if needed. Sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, is the use of a sedative to help patients feel calm and at ease in the dental chair. Our team at Mid-Valley Dental Care is highly trained in sedation dentistry and will monitor your state the entire time to ensure you remain safe. We are pleased to offer many types of sedation.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
The most common form of sedation, nitrous oxide is a combination of a sedative gas mixed with oxygen that is inhaled through a mask throughout the procedure. While it will not put you to sleep, it will help you feel relaxed and even euphoric. Nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and wears off within minutes of the mask being removed, which means you are safe to drive yourself home and resume your daily activities.
Also known as enteral sedation, oral sedation is the use of a pill or liquid that is taken before the procedure. At the time of appointment, you should feel relaxed and stress free. Like nitrous oxide, oral sedation should not put you to sleep
IV, or intravenous, sedation is injected into the veins, taking effect quickly. The level of sedation is easily controlled by our dentists and team to ensure you receive the proper dose throughout the procedure. Though it is not designed to make you fall asleep, some patients become so relaxed and comfortable that they drift off during treatment. You may also forget some details of your visit.
You may need medical clearance from your doctor of physician if you are battling the following conditions:
- Cardiac disease
- Respiratory disease
We invite you to consider sedation dentistry if you are nervous about your visit, suffer from dental anxiety, or have had a negative dental experience in the past. Contact our office today to speak with a member of our team about receiving sedation dentistry.