Sedation Dentistry – Torrance, CA
Make Dental Visits More Relaxing & Comfortable
It’s no secret that most people don’t love going to dental appointments. Some feel anxious or stressed out in the examination chair, and others feel physically uncomfortable or sore. What if we were to tell you there is a way to make dental visits more relaxing and comfortable so you can easily get the dental care you need? With sedation dentistry in Torrance, we can do just that! Our talented team of dentists here at Blue Coast Dental Group are proud to offer a variety of dental sedation options to help even the most afraid patients care for their smiles. To learn more, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?
Wondering if sedation dentistry is right for you? One of our dentists would be happy to sit down and have a conversation with you about your concerns and needs. As long as you’re in good health, there’s a good chance that dental sedation can help you if you:
- Are afraid of the dentist or feel stressed during appointments
- Have had bad experiences at dental offices before
- Have a sensitive gag reflex or sensitive teeth
- Are resistant to numbing medications, or numbing medications aren’t very effective for you
- Have back, neck, spine, or other problems that make sitting in one position for a long time uncomfortable
- Have TMJ disorder or other jaw problems that make keeping your mouth open uncomfortable
- Are preparing to undergo a more complicated procedure or planning to have several treatments completed during one appointment
To ensure that sedation dentistry is a safe and effective choice for you, we’ll review your current health and medical history. This will also help us determine which type of dental sedation would work best for your specific needs and preferences. We offer three levels of sedation: nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
You may be more familiar with nitrous oxide sedation’s nickname “laughing gas.” This colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas is administered through a small mask that’s placed over the nose. Within moments of breathing it in, you’ll begin to feel a lightness spread through your body as your worries melt away. At any point throughout your treatment we’ll be able to adjust the level of sedation to ensure you are completely comfortable. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off within minutes, meaning you’ll return to your normal level of consciousness and be able to go about your day as usual afterwards.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, we’ll prescribe an anti-anxiety medication in the form of a pill. You’ll take it before your appointment, and you should already begin to feel relaxed by the time you arrive. Oral conscious sedation achieves a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide sedation. You’ll remain conscious enough throughout your treatment to answer our questions and respond to basic instructions, but you are unlikely to remember anything about your appointment afterwards. It may take several hours for the effects of oral conscious sedation to wear off, so you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment, and you should plan to take it easy for the rest of the day.
The most powerful form of sedation dentistry is IV sedation, where the anti-anxiety medication is delivered directly into the blood stream via a small needle in your hand or arm. Akin to nitrous oxide sedation, we’ll be able to closely monitor your wellbeing and make any adjustments to your level of sedation as needed throughout your treatment. IV sedation often makes patients feel as though they have slept through their appointment, but in reality, you will be conscious (but drowsy) the entire time. The amnesiac effects are similar to that of oral conscious sedation, so you probably won’t remember any of your treatment afterward. Additionally, you should plan to rest for at least 12 hours afterwards and have someone drive you to and from your appointment.