A Dentist located in Irvine, California, explains about Dental Anxiety
At David Son, DDS, we provide a full range of dental services, including sedation dentistry, to help our patients remain calm and comfortable throughout their visit to our office in Irvine, California. If you have a dental phobia, visiting a dentist who has experience handling dental anxiety can put your mind at ease.
What type of sedative does the dentist use?
Depending on the procedure and your expected comfort level, you can choose from oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation.
- Oral conscious sedation — You stay awake but remain relaxed throughout the procedure. You’ll need a ride home if you choose oral sedation.
- Nitrous oxide — You inhale the gas through a face mask, and it produces a feeling of relaxation. The gas wears off quickly, and you can drive after your appointment.
- IV sedation — An anesthesiologist administers IV sedation, which results in a deeper level of relaxation. You can respond to verbal cues but may not remember the procedure. You’ll need a ride home afterward.
What will I remember about the dental visit?
That depends on the level of sedation used. Dr. David Son may administer oral sedatives and nitrous oxide to help you stay calm through minor procedures. While nitrous oxide and oral sedatives might make part of your visit fuzzy, you will probably remember it. He may recommend a general anesthetic for invasive or complex procedures, in which case you probably won’t remember the treatment at all.
Can I drive home after sedation dentistry?
No, you shouldn’t operate a vehicle after undergoing any form of sedation dentistry. Please, arrange for a ride home for the safety of yourself and other drivers.
Who benefits most from nitrous oxide sedation?
When you choose nitrous oxide sedation, you will feel relaxed during the procedure, and it may feel like the process goes more quickly. We recommend nitrous oxide sedation for those who become anxious or panicky about receiving general dental work.
Does nitrous oxide work for children?
Yes! Nitrous oxide can be administered to children and adults safely. It is a great way to help your child remain calm if they fear going to the dentist.