If you have a fear of the dentist, you are not alone. The oral health, whole body wellness, appearance, and comfort of countless individuals is jeopardized by dental phobia. Dr. John Ravera offers a soothing solution for patients in the Newport Beach, CA area – oral sedation.
What to expect from oral sedation in Newport Beach, CA
There are three general categories of pain management often used in dentistry. The mildest is non-narcotic analgesics such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin). These over-the-counter medications change the way the human body sense pain, or block the effect of prostaglandins, hormone-like chemicals that trigger inflammation.
Anesthetics interrupt nerve impulses that cause a sensation of pain. There are various forms of anesthetic agents, including topical numbing preparations, medications such as Novocain that are injected locally, and various oral and intravenous drugs.
Oral conscious sedation is a sedative. Rather than blocking pain, sedatives calm anxiety centers in the brain. While sedative can be administered intravenously or as an inhaled gas, the pill form is convenient and safe. Dr. Ravera will talk with you about oral sedation vs. IV sedation, depending on your level of anxiety and the procedure you are having done.
What is oral sedation like?
It helps an anxious patient feel unconcerned and relax physically for efficient treatment with minimal jaw, neck, or back strain. The appointment seems to pass quickly, and most patients have little recollection of the event.
Simply fill the prescription and take a dose as directed before you come to the dental office. You will need someone to drive you, since the medication causes drowsiness. While some people doze off, you remain conscious and are able to breathe normally and communicate with the dental team. You are not left alone while under sedation.
When sedation dentistry makes good sense
Sedation is a big help in overcoming anxiety and developing a healthy attitude toward dental care through positive experiences. Even for patients who are not nervous, it can also be beneficial in these situations:
- Active gag reflex
- Low pain threshold
- Sensitive teeth
- Difficulty sitting for the necessary period of time
- An extensive procedure or multiple treatments done in one visit
Schedule an appointment at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about sedation dentistry cost and advantages. The number in Newport Beach, CA is 949-877-3606.