Many La Mesa cosmetic dentistry patients have discovered the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sedation dentistry). There are three main types of sedation options available in the La Mesa area.
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in La Mesa cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work quickly, but then wears off as soon as the dental sedation patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide can produce warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous La Mesa dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in sedation dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by La Mesa physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. A La Mesa conscious sedation patient should not plan to drive home after undergoing oral sedation.
Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the entire procedure and wake up calm and relaxed.
To schedule a sedation consultation, call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-337-7700. We have the answer for your dental anxiety.