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DENTAL SEDATION IN CERRITOS, CA

At Dentist of Cerritos, we want our patients to feel safe, secure, and comfortable when performing dental procedures. One of the ways we can help patients have a pain-free experience is through dental sedation. It is safe, effective, and gentle and helps you get the dental treatment you need.

WHAT IS DENTAL SEDATION?

Dental sedation is also known as “sleep dentistry”, but it’s not the same thing as sleep. Sedation is about allowing patients to relax and stay anxiety-free while they receive dental treatment. At Dentist of Cerritos, we offer conscious sedation, twilight sedation, and unconscious sedation.

WHAT IS CONSCIOUS SEDATION?

Conscious sedation takes a variety of forms, with its main purpose to keep you awake but pain and anxiety-free. It’s available in the form of tablets, nitrous oxide gas, and topical local anesthesia, and it’s commonly used for routine teeth cleanings, dental fillings, and root canals.

WHAT IS TWILIGHT SEDATION?

Twilight sedation makes you feel dreamy and relaxed, as if in a half-waking, half-sleeping state. While you are technically conscious, you may not even remember much about the procedure afterwards. We use this type of sedation so we can interact with you and ask questions if needed. It is administered via nitrous oxide or IV.

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WHAT IS UNCONSCIOUS SEDATION?

General anesthesia, aka unconscious sedation, knocks you completely out so you are not awake or aware during a dental procedure. It is provided either via IV or a breathing mask. General anesthesia is not commonly used with most dental procedures, but some patients who can’t use other types of sedation may be candidates for it.

WHAT IS ORAL SEDATION?

Oral sedation is simply a medicine in pill form that is used to help you relax. Be sure to tell us in advance if you are on any painkillers or other medicines that could potentially interact with the oral sedation.

WHAT IS NITROUS OXIDE?

Nitrous oxide is popularly known as “laughing gas,” though it may not necessarily make you laugh (it’s fine if it does). You breathe in nitrous oxide through a mask. It is fast-acting and wears off quickly.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SEDATION DENTISTRY?

Sedation dentistry makes many of our modern dental techniques possible as it keeps our patients comfortable and relaxed. It helps you experience the benefits of dental treatment without undue pain and anxiety. We use safe and effective dental sedation methods that can help both adults and children have a stress-free dental procedure.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I GET DENTAL SEDATION?

We will go over with you how the sedation will work depending on your case. The sedation may be administered through an IV, breathing mask, or tablet. (Topical numbing is done with a needle.) Different types of sedation will “kick in” at different times, with IV having the fastest effect. We always monitor you at Dentist of Cerritos to make sure you are doing OK.

Topical local anesthesia does not change consciousness so you can drive yourself home. But if you get conscious sedation or unconscious sedation, plan on having someone else drive you home and stay with you the rest of the day to monitor you.

WHAT DOES DENTAL SEDATION COST?

The costs for dental sedation vary depending on the type of sedation and the procedure. For local anesthetics to numb the affected area, the cost is usually incorporated into the treatment. Other types of sedation may be extra. IV sedation is an additional service and can run a few hundred dollars or more. Check with your dental insurance provider to see what sedation coverage they offer.

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