IV sedation (Sleep Dentistry)
Sedation dentistry in Beverly Hills at our offices is offered by Dr. Peiman Soleymani and his team. There are many ways to treat patients who may be uneasy in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide gas, oral sedation, general anesthesia, as well as conscious sedation, are all available to make patients more comfortable during a range of periodontal and dental implant procedures. Depending on the complexity of the treatment and the unique needs of the patient, a number of methods can be used to achieve the required comfort level.
A couple of things need to be kept in mind in regards to sedation options. For one, sedation and general anesthesia do not affect all patients equally and, instead, operate on a spectrum. For example, a dosage that works well on one patient may be less effective on another. For general anesthesia, the patient will sleep through the procedure, hence the name “sleep dentistry.” This will temporarily impair the patient’s ability to think and move immediately after the procedure. Therefore, patients will need to make arrangements so that they can return home safely following their procedure.
The complexity of the procedure, medical history, and one’s previous dental experience can also impact the most appropriate level of sedation. Dr. Soleymani and his board-certified anesthesiologist work closely together to provide the outstanding care that each sedation patient needs.
As the name implies, this form of sedation is the most conservative and the least impairing form of sedation. For patients for whom a local anesthetic is insufficient, this technique, or combination of techniques, only induces a minor effect on the patient’s consciousness. Typically, the patient will not need a ventilation system, but coordination and cognitive ability could be slightly-impaired. For many patients, this level of sedation option works extremely well to provide a comfortable dental experience. As with general anesthesia and IV sedation, it is required that all patients have a designated driver to take them home following the procedure.
Nitrous oxide does not affect a patient’s cognitive ability once the treatment has been completed. Therefore, a patient choosing this option can drive themselves to and from the office. Combining local anesthesia and nitrous oxide allows a patient to remain relatively responsive, providing valuable feedback, while greatly reducing anxiety and discomfort. It’s also comforting to note that nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as laughing gas, is one of the very oldest forms of anesthesia and has been used successfully by dentists since as long ago as 1870.
At Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center, our staff is proud to offer care that makes procedures as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We focus on offering expert periodontal care with a friendly touch, making sure that patients are at-ease in every way possible.
All options for sedation will be discussed at either a consultation or follow-up visit and our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Curious about Sedation Dentistry?
For more information about sedation dentistry, periodontal care, and dental implants with Dr. Soleymani and the Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center team, contact us today at the phone number above or by visiting our contact page.