Do you find yourself going to great lengths to avoid seeing a dentist? If so, sedation dentistry can make it far easier to get the care you need and is among the services available from Irving S. Lebovics, DDS, through his self-named practice in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, California. When you’re ready to learn more, schedule an appointment online or over the phone in just moments.
Dental anxiety is a specific type of stress, anxiety, or fear related to the thought of dental treatment or dental offices. It’s a far more common condition than you might think and can prevent many people from enjoying their dental care visits.
Some people develop dental anxiety after going through a painful dental condition or a negative experience in the dental chair. For others, there is no clear source for their dental anxiety.
When dental anxiety reaches the point where you cannot bear to come in for treatment, the condition is classified as a dental phobia. This is a serious mental health issue, as dental care is part of your overall health and wellness and is a need that should never be overlooked.
Sedation dentistry is a treatment that can help reduce dental anxiety. The process uses medication to help you relax during your visits. There are several options from which to choose and a solution for virtually every set of needs.
Nitrous oxide is a type of gas that you can breathe in through a mask or cannula. The gas causes deep relaxation and a sense of calm. You’ll remain awake during your treatment and can respond to commands, but you won’t notice anxiety or fear. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once you stop breathing the gas.
Oral sedation uses a prescription drug to relax during your treatment. You simply take the medication an hour or so before your appointment. This is a good fit for many people, but you’ll need to have a friend or loved one there to drive you home after your appointment.
Conscious sedation offers the chance to achieve a state of deep relaxation prior to beginning dental treatment. Medication is administered intravenously and begins taking effect right away. You may feel sleepy during your visit, but if you doze off, you can easily be awakened by your dental care team.
Finding the right type of sedation can help you get through your dental visits with ease. Dr. Lebovics understands that dental anxiety is a true concern for many people, and he strives to make your visits as enjoyable as possible.
In some cases, people only need sedation options during the first or second visit with Dr. Lebovics. They find that their dental exams and treatment visits are nothing scary and can attend subsequent visits with no form of sedation.
During your appointment, let Dr. Lebovics know if you’d like more information about sedation dentistry options. He’s happy to sit down with you and discuss which sedation techniques are best suited for your needs. Online booking is available, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.