Nitrous Oxide and Intravenous Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one of the most common forms of dental sedation and is the only form that can also be used if the patient is going to drive himself home. Since the gas wears off quickly, the patient is also able to eat sooner after or later before the procedure. When receiving nitrous oxide, the patient remains awake, but in a very relaxed state. The patient can still follow instructions that are given during the procedure to assist the dentist with completing it.
Intravenous sedation, on the other hand, the patient cannot drive home after the procedure and must have someone give them a ride to and from the office. The patient is awake during intravenous sedation, but is very relaxed and may be near sleep. Intravenous sedation is usually used for procedures that are longer or for patients who are very anxious.
Laser Drills and Other Pain Control Techniques
One treatment that patients often dislike at the dentist office is drilling. Drills are noisy and can create an unpleasant feeling of vibration in the head. Laser drills are an innovative type of drill that are virtually noiseless and can remove dental decay without pain, leaving more of the natural tooth behind. Topical anesthetics may also be applied to a particular area to numb it without injection before a dental procedure. Another innovative form of dental anesthesia is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS. This involves placing electrodes and sending electrical impulses to the area to be treated. The patient can control the intensity of the impulses, and there are no side effects. As soon as the unit is turned off, the patient can drive and resume other activities.
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Pain Management Dentist Today
If you need to see a dentist but are concerned about pain management or are very anxious about getting dental work, call to schedule an appointment with a California pain management dentist today. At Hilltop Dental, our professional dental staff will make sure that you are comfortable during your dental visit. Our compassionate and experienced staff understand that you may be anxious about dental procedures and will provide a relaxing environment for you. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, and surrounding areas. Check out our web page at hilltopdentalcare.com or give us a call at 818-303-2241 and let us show you how easy a dental visit can be.