If you’re someone who finds it difficult to complete dental visits because you always feel anxious, nervous, or fearful prior to or during your appointments, just know that you’re not the only one. In fact, millions of patients every year skip their necessary dental visits because they are too afraid or simply can’t relax while in the dental chair. That’s why New U Dental offers multiple options for sedation dentistry in Van Nuys, CA, each with varying degrees of strength, so you can get the care you need with safe and effective sedatives provided by our accommodating dentists.
For those looking for a mild sedative to keep them calm at the start of their dental treatment or checkup, nitrous oxide is a great starting point. This sedative comes in the form of a gas that is inhaled during your treatment, generally through a nasal mask. As you begin breathing it in, you’ll begin to feel incredibly relaxed and even slightly euphoric, making dental treatments like cleanings, exams, fillings, and everything in between much easier to complete. Once treatment is complete, we remove the mask and you can go about your day as normal.
Those with more moderate levels of anxiety or nervousness will find oral conscious sedation to be more appropriate for their needs. This sedative comes in the form of a pill that is taken an hour or so before your treatment occurs. The effects of this sedative are stronger, which means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the dental office. The calming effects of the sedative do take some time to wear off, so make sure you set aside time to relax after treatment if you decide to visit in the middle of the day.
The strongest form of sedation dentistry we offer is IV dental sedation, which is provided intravenously to the patient. It is a very powerful sedative that puts you into a deep state of relaxation and is easily controllable by the dentist, much like nitrous oxide sedation. With that said, you will not be put to sleep, therefore, this should not be confused with general anesthesia. Much like oral conscious sedation, the effects are powerful enough to require having a friend or family member drive you to and from the dental office. The effects can also take several hours to fully wear off, so keep this in mind should you choose IV dental sedation.
Thanks to our safe and reliable dental sedation, you can keep calm during your dental visits and get the care you need comfortably. As with any of our services, we want you to feel informed and confident should you choose to pursue sedation dentistry. That’s why we’re more than happy to personally answer any and all of your questions when you come visit us for a consultation. For your convenience, we’ve also gathered some common dental sedation FAQs below so you can learn more. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to give us a call.
When administered by an experienced and highly trained professional like any of our dentists, sedation dentistry is completely safe. We’re proud to offer three different forms of dental sedation, all of which have been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. We’ll account for a wide variety of different factors, such as your current health and medical history, to determine which option would be the safest and most beneficial for you. Throughout your treatment with sedation dentistry, our team will be monitoring you closely to ensure your safety and comfort.
One of the reasons why dental sedation is so safe is that it doesn’t fully knock you unconscious. While many patients are concerned that they won’t be “put to sleep” for their treatment with sedation dentistry, they are often pleasantly surprised afterward. With all forms of dental sedation, you’ll be able to respond to basic instructions and answer simple questions, but you’ll feel completely relaxed and at-ease. Plus, you aren’t likely to remember most if any of your treatment while you were sedated, which often makes patients feel as though they had been asleep throughout their treatment.
Experiences vary slightly from patient to patient, and the type of sedation will also influence what it feels like to use dental sedation when you visit us:
Dental insurance companies take a variety of stances on how much coverage sedation dentistry should receive, if any, so it’s important that you look over the details of your specific policy. Our knowledgeable team can help you review your plan and we will always make sure that your insurance benefits are being maximized. Additionally, financing options through CareCredit or Green Sky Financial can help you break up the cost of your treatment with dental sedation into smaller, more manageable monthly payments that fit into your budget. Above all this however, here at New U Dental, we see you as an individual. We do everything we can to work with our patients and their unique situations to make dental care as affordable as possible.