Sedation Dentistry – Laguna Niguel, CA

No More Dental Fears

About 36% of the population is anxious about dental care or is afraid of going to the dentist. These fears can affect anyone of any age, and there’s absolutely no reason to be embarrassed about them. On the contrary, we encourage you to let us know if you’re nervous so that we can put your anxieties to rest with an appropriately chosen form of sedation dentistry from our Laguna Niguel, CA dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask about this relaxing option when you call to arrange an appointment with Dr. Anderson.

Why Choose Orange County Center for Sedation Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • IV Sedation Available
  • Gentle, Caring Dentist
  • State of the Art Technology

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Patient receiving nitrous oxide sedation dentistry treatment

Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) makes you feel warm and content so that the sights, sounds, and sensations of dental work no longer bother you. You’ll breathe the sedative in through a nasal mask throughout your appointment. The dosage you receive can be adjusted as needed in order to keep you comfortable. Once the appointment is over, you’ll only need a few minutes to fully recover from the effects of nitrous oxide, meaning you’ll have no trouble driving home on your own.

Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

Oral conscious dental sedation medication

Oral conscious sedation is a stronger form of sedation than nitrous oxide (which is why it’s recommended for more advanced cases of anxiety), although as the name implies you remain awake while under the influence of the sedative. You’ll take some medication at a specified time before your treatment begins. Once it takes effect, you’ll be relaxed enough to actually doze off, but we can wake you up with little trouble so that you can respond to our requests.

IV Dental Sedation

I V dental sedation drip

Even those with very high levels of dental anxiety can enjoy a relaxing dental appointment thanks to IV dental sedation. This powerful form of sedation dentistry is typically recommended when other forms of sedation don’t give you the calming results you’re looking for. Like nitrous oxide sedation, we can adjust the dosage you receive while we’re working on your teeth so that you stay perfectly comfortable throughout the entire appointment. The effects are quite strong and will last for most of the day, so you’ll need to make sure that there is someone who can drive you home after your appointment. Read on to learn more about IV dental sedation in Laguna Niguel.

What Is IV Dental Sedation?

Woman getting dental work with IV dental sedation in Laguna Nigel

While nitrous oxide sedation delivers the sedative via a nose mask and oral conscious sedation does so through a pill or liquid taken by mouth, IV dental sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream via a small needle on your arm or the back of your hand. This allows the sedative to take effect quite quickly, and within a few moments you will drift into a dream-like state. Our experienced team will monitor you closely and can adjust your level of sedation at any time if needed to ensure you remain safe and comfortable.

You will feel groggy and relaxed throughout your appointment, but you will remain conscious. This surprises many people since you aren’t likely to remember anything about your treatment after the sedation wears off! Nonetheless, you’ll be conscious enough to respond to our basic instructions or questions. You’ll be completely oblivious to the sights, sounds, and sensations that would otherwise cause you discomfort.

IV dental sedation helps patients remain still for extended periods of time, which in turn allows us to work faster. After your treatment, you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home. You will likely continue to feel sleepy throughout the remainder of the day, so you should plan on taking it easy.

Who Is a Good Candidate for IV Dental Sedation?

dentist and patient discussing who is a candidate for IV dental sedation in Laguna Nigel

Patients who suffer from extreme dental phobia or anxiety are often good candidates for IV sedation. It’s also often used for very long or complex procedures or to help patients who don’t respond to other forms of numbing medication or sedation. However, IV dental sedation is not a good choice for everyone. We typically do not recommend it for younger patients, older patients, patients who are breastfeeding, or those with certain medical conditions.

That’s why we’ll first need to see you for a consultation to ensure IV dental sedation is a safe and effective choice for you. We’ll review your medical history, current health, and a list of any medications you may be taking. From there, we’ll help you discover if IV dental sedation is right for you.

The Benefits of IV Dental Sedation

Woman relaxing with IV dental sedation in Laguna Nigel

IV dental sedation offers benefits like:

  • Maximum relaxation in a safe, controlled manner
  • Little to no memories of your appointment afterward
  • Comfortably get the dental care you need
  • Complete several treatments at once
  • Reduce the length of longer, more complex procedures
  • Sedation can be adjusted at any point