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Sedation Dentistry

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Sedation dentistry, or “sleep dentistry”, helps you stay relaxed and eliminating dental anxiety during your treatment. The dental team at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry is skilled in oral sedation techniques aimed at helping patients in Valencia, California, and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, get the care they need without pain or nervousness. The dentists are experienced in regulating and adjusting doses to suit your specific needs for optimal relief.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses special techniques to help you relax and stay comfortable throughout your treatment. At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, oral sedatives are given to you before your treatment. In most cases, patients take a sedative medication about an hour or so before their appointment, although the specific dosing varies based on your procedure, your level of anxiety, and other factors. These sedatives are also very effective in relieving dental anxiety, which often prevents many patients from seeking the care they need to stay healthy. Most sedatives provide their relaxing effects for 2-4 hours.

When is sedation dentistry used?

Sedation dentistry can be used for many different treatments to help manage pain and anxiety. Often, it’s used in combination with local anesthetics to perform procedures like root canal therapy or other restorations. It can also be used in patients who feel anxious about routine care like cleanings. Different types of sedatives and different dosing levels allow sedation to be customized for your individual needs.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. Sedatives have been used in dentistry for many years. The team at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry is skilled in using oral sedatives to help manage anxiety and pain, and has special training in sedation dentistry. Before your treatment, your medical history is reviewed to make sure the medication that’s prescribed and the dosing are optimized specifically for your needs. You can feel confident in your care knowing you are monitored by professionals throughout your treatment.

How will I feel during and after my procedure?

The sedatives will make you feel quite drowsy before and during your visit, and they’ll still be in effect once your procedure is over. You’ll need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

During treatment, the sedatives keep you relaxed and comfortable. Some patients even find they doze on and off during their procedure, although they remain alert enough to respond to commands like “open wider.”

After your treatment, you should plan to take the rest of the day to relax and nap afterwards. Avoid using any type of machinery, including a car.