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SEDATION DENTISTRY

Sedation in Redlands is a medication that reduces the sensation of pain and anxiety, providing a calm state for patients.​ It is used in dental procedures such as dental crowns, dental implants, and dental veneers. Sedatives work by slowing down the activity of the brain or spinal cord. Sedation helps patients relax and remain comfortable during dental procedures. By reducing pain and anxiety, dental sedation allows patients to feel more at ease and improve the overall quality of their medical experience.

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Sedation in Redlands, CA

WHY DO YOU NEED SEDATION DENTISTRY?

Sedation is like getting into a comfortable hammock or rocking chair, Dr. Odufalu aims to help patients relax during dental procedures. Patients who undergo sedation may sometimes feel as though they are sleeping, though this is not always the case. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who have become completely sedated thanks to general anesthesia.

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there are ways to overcome your fear. Speak with Dr. Odufalu about your concerns and ask about sedation options to help you relax during your appointment.

LEVELS OF SEDATION DENTISTRY

The level of sedation a patient experiences during a dental procedure can depend on several factors, such as the type of dental procedure being performed and the patient’s individual response to anesthesia. Other factors that may affect the type of anesthesia a patient receives include age, medical condition, and health habits.

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Regardless of the type of sedation you receive, you will also likely need a local anesthetic to numb the area where the Dr. Odufalu is working and relieve any discomfort.

The various levels of sedation include:

  • Minimal Sedation: A state in which you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate Sedation: Patients may have slurred speech and little to no memory of the procedure.
  • Deep Sedation: A state of near-unconsciousness in which patients can still be roused by stimulation.
  • General anesthesia: Patients are in a state of complete unconsciousness. This means you will be unaware of what is happening around you and will not feel any pain.

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THE TYPES OF DENTISTRY SEDATIVES

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There are a lot of different degrees of sedation dentistry based on the specifics of a given case. Dr. Odufalu will consider your medical history, your oral hygiene, and your personal preference. These are just a few examples when determining what type of sedation will work for you.

Your choices include:

Minimally Inhaled Sedation:

You breathe laughing gas (a.k.a nitrous oxide) combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose while at the dentist office. While the gas helps you relax, your dentist can definitely control the amount of sedation that you’re receiving and tends to wear off quickly. This form of sedation encourages you to drive yourself home within hours because it doesn’t usually lingering effects.

Sedative Medication (Oral Sedation):

Depending on the total dosage administered, the level of oral sedation can be minimal to moderate. For those seeking minimal sedation, taking a pill may be the best option. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug class as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the medical procedure.

IV Moderate Sedation:

The drug is administered into a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to alter the degrees of sedation.

General Anesthia and Deep Sadation:

Medications will make you either not quite or completely unconscious — profoundly asleep — during the process. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily awaken until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off or are reversed with medication.

If you do not choose nitrous oxide as your sedation option, you will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment. You should go straight home and rest until the sedative medication wears off.

Call us at (909) 798-5777 today to schedule your visit. We offer free over-the-phone consultations for all new and existing patients.

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