Dr. Shervin Louie, your West Hollywood dentist, understands that many of his patients may experience dental anxieties, but he is now offering a new solution for eliminating fears to complete comfortable dental care.
Today, you are not alone if you suffer from dental anxiety. However, it is important to understand that there are now ways for you to overcome this fear so that you can receive the dental care you need to remain healthy. With sedation dentistry you can stop avoiding even routine dental care, and begin receiving the necessary treatment to keep you smiling longer.
Through the use of sedatives, sedation dentistry helps to establish a relaxed, easy, and calm state for the patient. These sedative drugs can be administered in a variety of ways, including orally, inhalation and intravenously. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Louie, your Los Angeles dentist, can help provide you with a relaxing and anxiety-free experience so that you can go to the dentist to receive the dental care you need while avoiding the common apprehension known as “dental phobia.”
One type of sedation that is commonly used is oral sedation, which does not require any needles. Oral sedation maintains a level of consciousness for safety and cooperation, while allowing you to relax during treatment. It is important to understand that you are not asleep with oral sedation. Rather, you are in a calm, comfortable state that allows Dr. Louie, your Los Angeles sedation dentist, to successfully perform your dental procedure without complication.
Additionally, inhalation sedation utilizes nitrous oxide (N2O), which is also commonly known as laughing gas, is one of the most commonly used types of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide is a colorless sweet-tasting gas that is inhaled and is not irritating for the patient. This form of sedation is commonly referred to as “laughing gas” because it produces euphoria and mirth when inhaled in small amounts. Inhalation sedation can be used for the exact time span it is needed for.
Inhalation (IV) sedation is also available to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort during your next dental procedure. This type of sedation offers a quick-acting response and is extremely effective for moderate to severe anxiety. During your procedure, the level of sedation can be adjusted accordingly to allow for ideal comfort throughout the procedure.
As with any form of sedation, it is always important to have a responsible caregiver accompany you to your next dental visit. Your caregiver will drive you home after the procedure is complete and should stay with you for an additional two to four hours at home to ensure safety.
If you suffer from dental anxiety that often prevents you from receiving necessary dental care, talk to Dr. Shervin Louie, your Hollywood dentist, for more information on sedation dentistry. Through sedation dentistry, you can take the next step toward a healthy smile.