Sedation Dentistry

South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

A visit to the dentist shouldn’t have to be an anxiety-provoking experience, and with sedation dentistry, it doesn’t have to be. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, offer a variety of sedation options to make your dental experience more relaxed and stress-free. To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule a visit with South Bay Prosthodontics today by calling the office.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Dental phobia is a common condition that makes it hard for you to get the comprehensive dental care your smile needs. Sedation dentistry makes use of medical sedatives to put patients at ease during their dental treatments. This allows the team at South Bay Prosthodontics to give your smile the thorough and detailed care that you deserve.

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Sedation dentistry greatly improves the dental experience for patients who suffer from phobias and anxiety. The team at South Bay Prosthodontics will determine whether you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry when you come in for your consultation.

Your dentist will take into consideration the following factors when considering your sedation dentistry options:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Emotional state when you’re in the office
  • The sensitivity of your gag reflex
  • Comfort level in the dental chair
  • The amount of dental work you need

How does sedation dentistry work?

The team at South Bay Prosthodontics offers a variety of sedation methods, including:

Oral sedation

Oral sedation involves a pill that you take about an hour before you arrive at the office for your procedure. It’s most effective in treating mild cases of anxiety. Oral sedation takes some time to wear off, so if you’re using this method, be sure to have somebody take you to and from your appointment.

Inhalation sedation

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an inhaled sedative that keeps you relaxed during your procedure. To administer it, your dentist affixes a gas mask over your nose during the course of the treatment. The effects begin to wear off after you remove the mask. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for decades and is effective in managing mild to moderate anxiety.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

IV sedation is a highly effective and safe sedative for more severe cases of anxiety. South Bay Prosthodontics employs a fully trained and credentialed anesthesiologist to administer and monitor their IV sedation. IV sedation puts you in a relaxed state very quickly. It also requires you to have assistance getting home from your procedure. 

To learn more about how South Bay Prosthodontics can alleviate your dental fears with sedation dentistry, call the office today.